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UK: London court rules Johnson's prorogation legal but allows appeal

United Kingdom, London
September 06, 2019 at 13:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

London's High Court ruled on Friday that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to prorogue parliament for five weeks was legal, but granted the plaintiff, pro-Remain lawyer Gina Miller, leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.

"We are very disappointed with the judgement today. We feel strongly that parliamentary sovereignty is fundamental to the stability and future of our country and therefore worth fighting to defend. As our politics becomes ever more chaotic, we feel it is absolutely vital that parliament should be sitting," said Miller outside court.

According to Miller, who's case was supported by former Prime Minister John Major, the Supreme Court will hear their appeal on September 17.

Millar has long been an activist for remaining in the European Union. In 2016, she famously challenged the legal authority of the government to revoke article 50 without seeking approval from parliament.

This case, and ruling, followed similar court proceedings in Edingburg last week, where the court also ruled in favour of the government while granting leave to appeal. Another is case challenging prorogaton is set to be heard in Northern Ireland on Friday.

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London's High Court ruled on Friday that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to prorogue parliament for five weeks was legal, but granted the plaintiff, pro-Remain lawyer Gina Miller, leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.

"We are very disappointed with the judgement today. We feel strongly that parliamentary sovereignty is fundamental to the stability and future of our country and therefore worth fighting to defend. As our politics becomes ever more chaotic, we feel it is absolutely vital that parliament should be sitting," said Miller outside court.

According to Miller, who's case was supported by former Prime Minister John Major, the Supreme Court will hear their appeal on September 17.

Millar has long been an activist for remaining in the European Union. In 2016, she famously challenged the legal authority of the government to revoke article 50 without seeking approval from parliament.

This case, and ruling, followed similar court proceedings in Edingburg last week, where the court also ruled in favour of the government while granting leave to appeal. Another is case challenging prorogaton is set to be heard in Northern Ireland on Friday.

W/S Plaintiff Gina Miller exiting High Court and approaching reporters, London

C/U Sign of the Royal Court of Justice

SOT, Gina Miller, Plaintiff: ''We are very disappointed with the judgement today. We feel strongly that parliamentary sovereignty is fundamental to the stability and future of our country and therefore worth fighting to defend. As our politics becomes ever more chaotic, 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 felt that our case has the merit to be handed up. So we are looking to sit on, what the Supreme court has pencilled in, the 17th of September for the appeal hearing. Today we stand for everyone, we stand for the future generations and we stand for representative democracy. To give up now would be a dereliction of our responsibility. We need to protect our institutions. It is not right that they should be shoved down or bullied, especially at this most momentous time in our history. My legal team and I will not give up the fight for democracy. Thank you."

C/U Sign of the Royal Court of Justice *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Gina Miller, Plaintiff: ''So we are looking to sit on, in the Supreme court has pencilled in, the 17th of September for the appeal hearing. Today we stand for everyone, we stand for the future generations and we stand for representative democracy. To give up now would be a dereliction of our responsibility. We need to protect our institutions. It is not right that they should be shoved down or bullied, especially at this most momentous time in our history. My legal team and I will not give up the fight for democracy."

W/S London, UK - Protester with EU flag

M/S People entering court

SOT, Protester: ''Me, the ever activist and Gina Miller are going to keep fighting until we stop Brexit and this is not the end, this is just the beginning. We will keep fighting, we will keeping finding the way to stop Brexit."

W/S Royal Court of Justice

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