School of Politics and International Relations

Could MPs be recalled if UK Supreme Court rules parliament's suspension was illegal?

24 September 2019

Britain’s Supreme Court is due to decide this Tuesday whether Boris Johnson acted unlawfully when he suspended — or ‘prorogued’ — parliament for five crucial weeks in the run-up to the October 31 deadline for the UK to leave the European Union. Queen Mary University of London lecturer of British politics, Dr Daniel Gover said: “This is an extraordinary moment in British politics - I don’t remember anything like this. If the courts did decide that it is unlawful it would be very serious — I think — for the government and in normal times it would be very embarrassing. It is possible that this will bolster a narrative that is useful for the Conservative Party: that they are trying to deliver Brexit and being frustrated by the establishment. It may well be that questions of whether Boris Johnson misled the Queen or prorogued parliament unlawfully — that the details — are not the things that get picked up on. What this means constitutionally and politically are different questions.”
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