Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the internet, Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans have been dealt another shocking blow.
Johnson’s highly publicised prorogue of parliament, which has suspended parliament for the longest time in modern history, has been slapped down by judges in Scotland.
The case, lodged by SNP MP Joanna Cherry against Johnson’s plans, ended with a court in Edinburgh ruling that Johnson’s suspension of parliament is not lawful.
Following the ruling, she took to Twitter to celebrate the result. Her colleague Tommy Sheppard said that Johnson should return to “face the music”.
At the moment, parliament is due to be re-opened on 14 October, but this new ruling has thrown a spanner in the works. The unanimous decision, taken by three Scottish judges, will likely call into question advice Johnson’s government gave the Queen, who gave her formal approval for the suspension. At present, the consequences are unclear, but the Queen will likely face pressure to speak out or act if the decision is ratified by the UK's Supreme Court.
Labour’s Brexit negotiator Keir Starmer hailed the result as “huge”.
This is really important ... I’m really pleased with this result. I’m surprised because for a court to make a declaration like that on and issue like this is a huge thing for us.
It vindicates everything we’ve done last week and I think what I can do and what others need to do is get back to parliament, see if we can’t open those doors and get back in and get Boris Johnson back in parliament so we can hold him properly to account.
On Twitter, the memes and jokes rolled in amongst all the confusion.
Currently, the UK Supreme Court is set to hear the case on appeal on Tuesday 17 September, which will be the final ruling. We'll get the popcorn ready...