London, Sep 6: London High Court on Friday rejected the legal challenge against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to suspend British Parliament just before its divorce from European Union.
However, the case could be taken to the UK Supreme Court for a final appeal which is expected to be heard on September 17. The three of the most senior judges rejected the case brought by campaigner Gina Miller. The Judges ruled that Johnson acted lawfully in the advice he gave to Queen Elizabeth to prorogue, or suspend parliament for five weeks.
Ms Miller said that she was "very disappointed with the judgment" adding that "We feel it is absolutely vital that Parliament should be sitting. We are therefore pleased that the judges have given us permission to appeal to the Supreme Court, which we will be doing, and they feel that our case has the merit to be handed up."
Her bid to have the suspension overturned was supported by former Conservative Prime Minister Sir John Major. Earlier, the prime minister announced on August 28 that he wanted to shut down Parliament, a process known as proroguing, for five weeks ahead of a Queen's Speech on October 14.
Opponents of the move have claimed Johnson wanted the lengthy suspension to curtail opportunities by opposition politicians to fight his "do or die" strategy to take Britain out of the European Union (EU) on October 31, with or without a deal.
Meanwhile, there was a blow for Johnson today when the main opposition Labour Party and the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) both said they would oppose his bid Monday to call a general election.
Johnson's first attempt this week to get parliamentary approval for an election was overwhelmingly defeated in the House of Commons. He needs to get support of two-thirds of the Commons to trigger an election, which means he faces an uphill struggle unless enough Labour MPs back the move.
Johnson has said he wants an election to take place on October 15, two days before a crucial meeting of the EU Council. A bill designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit has since been passed by MPs and is expected to gain royal assent before the shutdown next week. (UNI)