The United Kingdom Supreme Court has said the decision of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to suspend Parliament was unlawful.
The UK PM suspended – or prorogued – Parliament for five weeks earlier this month.
Supreme Court president Lady Hale said “the effect on the fundamentals of democracy was extreme.”
The Justices in their judgement said, “The decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification.”
Lady Hale said the unanimous decision of the 11 justices meant Parliament had effectively not been prorogued – the decision was null and of no effect.