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UK court: Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament unlawful

UK court: Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament unlawfulA Scottish court dealt another blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans Wednesday, ruling that his decision to suspend Parliament less than two months before the U.K. is due to leave the European Union was an unlawful attempt to avoid democratic scrutiny. The government immediately said it would appeal, as the political opposition demanded Johnson reverse the suspension and recall lawmakers to Parliament. With Brexit due in 50 days, the court ruling deepened Britain’s political deadlock.



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Boris Johnson’s Suspension of Parliament Ruled Illegal

Boris Johnson’s Suspension of Parliament Ruled IllegalReuters / Phil NobleBoris Johnson’s suspension of the British Parliament has been ruled to be unlawful in an explosive court decision in Scotland that accuses the prime minister of giving illegal advice to Queen Elizabeth.The prime minister suspended parliament in an arcane procedure known as prorogation earlier this week. Though the suspension is the normal way to end one session of the British Parliament and begin a new one, opposition lawmakers reacted with fury at the timing of the move as it took away weeks of precious parliamentary time just as the U.K. hurtles toward its scheduled exit date from the EU at the end of October.Scottish judges have now declared the decision unlawful after lawyers representing 75 British lawmakers from each of parliament’s major parties argued that it was designed to prevent the body from debating and taking action on Brexit. Johnson claimed he wanted to suspend parliament to allow him to introduce fresh legislation in a new parliamentary term.Asked by The Daily Beast what they expected to happen next, a British government minister responded only: “Bad things.”The shock decision is not expected to immediately reverse Johnson’s suspension of parliament as no order to do so was given by the judges in their Wednesday ruling. The British government will be forced to appeal the decision in a showdown at the U.K. supreme court next week.The three Scottish judges said in a brief draft statement Wednesday that they unanimously believe prorogation was motivated by stopping parliament holding the government to account. The judges added: “The prime minister’s advice to HM the Queen and the prorogation which followed thereon was unlawful and is thus null and of no effect.”The judges also ruled that Johnson’s advice to the Queen—who was asked to prorogue parliament by ministers from his government—was illegal. They said they believe “the PM’s advice to the HM the Queen is justiciable, that it was motivated by the improper purpose of stymying parliament and that it, and what has followed from it, is unlawful.”A spokesperson for the prime minister’s office said they were “disappointed” by the decision and confirmed an appeal, adding: “The U.K. government needs to bring forward a strong domestic legislative agenda. Proroguing parliament is the legal and necessary way of delivering this.”Opposition lawmakers urged the immediate recalling of parliament. Scottish National Party lawmaker Joanna Cherry, who led the challenge, warned the prime minister: “You cannot break the law with impunity, Boris Johnson. The rule of law will be upheld by Scotland’s courts and I hope also the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Boris Johnson asks Queen Elizabeth to suspend Parliament to force through Brexit

Boris Johnson asks Queen Elizabeth to suspend Parliament to force through BrexitQueen Elizabeth II was asked by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to suspend Parliament to force through Britain's departure from the European Union.



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Pro-EU party wins, cuts Johnson's UK Parliament margin to 1

Pro-EU party wins, cuts Johnson's UK Parliament margin to 1British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit-backing Conservative Party lost a special election Friday to a pro-EU opposition candidate, leaving Johnson with only a one-vote majority in Parliament as the U.K.’s departure from the European Union looms. In the Conservatives’ first electoral test since Johnson became prime minister last month on a vow to complete Brexit “do or die,” the party was defeated for the seat of Brecon and Radnorshire in Wales by Jane Dodds of the Liberal Democrats. Dodds won 43% of the vote, against 39% for Conservative Chris Davies, who fought to retain the seat after being convicted and fined for expenses fraud.



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EU parliament condemns US treatment of migrants

EU parliament condemns US treatment of migrantsThe European Parliament on Thursday condemned the United States’ treatment of migrants arriving at its border with Mexico, drawing a rebuke from the American ambassador in Brussels. The parliament passed a motion deploring what it called the “appalling conditions” in US immigration detention facilities as President Donald Trump takes a tough line on the flow of undocumented migrants coming to the country from Central America. Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the EU, said the parliament had “missed the mark”, and that Washington was seeking to protect legitimate asylum seekers while deterring “those with false/meritless claims”.



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Brexit: Ex-PM vows legal action if UK Parliament suspended

Brexit: Ex-PM vows legal action if UK Parliament suspendedA former British prime minister threatened Wednesday to take Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson to court if he tries to suspend Parliament to deliver a U.K. departure from the European Union without a deal. John Major told the BBC it would be unacceptable and against tradition to shut down Parliament, and he would seek a court ruling to overturn it if it happened. Major’s suggestion is important because Parliament has repeatedly signaled its opposition to a no-deal Brexit, but has no obvious way of stopping it.



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At least 70 arrested in Hong Kong after storming of parliament

At least 70 arrested in Hong Kong after storming of parliamentPolice arrested at least 70 people as a crackdown begins against the scores of protesters who turned to the streets over the last month to voice frustrations against city leaders. Charges against those individuals – some as young as 14 – included possession of weapons, unlawful assembly, assaulting police, criminal damage, forcible entry and disorderly conduct in a public place. Thirteen arrests have been linked to demonstrations on July 1, the most aggressive demonstrations to date, that ended with a few hundred people storming the city’s parliament. Only one of those individuals arrested, however, is alleged to be directly linked to the seizure of the government building. The arrests kick off a crackdown that could last for years. Activists like Joshua Wong, a key figure in the 2014 Umbrella Movement that rocked Hong Kong, have been in and out of prison. Mr Wong, 22, was just freed in a surprise release this June. China has urged Hong Kong authorities to prosecute the “criminals” involved in the protests. But unlike past protests in the city, the recent demonstrations have lacked a central organising force – instead several groups have rallied the masses. That means there aren’t specific individuals police can go after and send a symbolic message to quell unrest. Joshua Wong's release from prison has seen him return to the fray Beijing says unrest in Hong Kong as being “hyped by Western forces,” issuing yet another direct warning on Thursday to the UK – specifically naming Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and referring to Boris Johnson, both in the race to become the next prime minister – to stop commenting on its former colony. “In the past few days, Mr Hunt has been mistakenly commenting on Hong Kong, and now it seems that a new person has taken over to continue lecturing on the same issues,” said Geng Shuang, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry. “If some actors in the UK obstinately make the same mistake over and over again, we will have to discuss.” “Hunt inflamed Hong Kong’s situation, which only ruins his and the UK’s image. He sabotaged China-UK relations for his personal political interests,” warned an editorial in the Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece. “Hunt is selfish and has poor logic. The UK’s diplomacy toward China will pay for his behaviour.” Some lawmakers worry that the arrests will lead to more violent demonstrations. “I am terribly worried that a massive kind of round-up of protesters could trigger very negative sentiment on the part of the young, “ said Claudia Mo, a pro-democratic member of the Legislative Council. “Things could get worse.” Clean-up efforts continued Thursday – rubbish bins were hauled in to clear the debris and city workers brushed over slogans painted by protesters. A small group went on a hunger strike, while others offered free hugs to boost morale after at least three people committed suicide in protest over the last two weeks.



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Hong Kong police vow action over parliament storming

Hong Kong police vow action over parliament stormingHong Kong authorities vowed Wednesday to hunt down the protesters who stormed parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government. The semi-autonomous city has been shaken by massive anti-government demonstrations since last month, sparked by a proposed law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. China has appeared irked by former colonial power Britain’s public rebukes over the protests, and on Wednesday London summoned the Chinese ambassador.



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New Zealand Parliament passes sweeping gun restrictions

New Zealand Parliament passes sweeping gun restrictionsWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Parliament on Wednesday passed sweeping gun laws that outlaw military style weapons, less than a month after the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch where 50 people were killed and dozens were wounded.



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U.K. Parliament Acts to Block a Potentially Chaotic No-Deal Brexit

U.K. Parliament Acts to Block a Potentially Chaotic No-Deal BrexitBritain took a decisive step away from a damaging no-deal Brexit as members of Parliament and political leaders backed efforts to prevent a disorderly departure from the European Union. The House of Commons vote shortly before midnight Wednesday to block a no-deal divorce destroyed the dream of some of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party members for a clean break with the bloc as soon as next week. The vote makes a no-deal split from the EU “very unlikely,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC Radio on Thursday.



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