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High Court rules PM’s suspension of Parliament ‘not unlawful’

London’s High court rejected a legal challenge against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision prorogue parliament until October 14.

On Friday, London’s High Court rejected a legal challenge against UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament until October 14 – just two weeks before the Brexit deadline.

However, the High Court’s decision can still be appealed against and potentially could be overruled by the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court set to review Hight Court decision

The legal challenge against Johnson was spearheaded by Gina Miller, who forced former Theresa May to grant MPs a vote before triggering article 50 back in 2017.

Miller was joined this time round by former Conservative Prime Minister John Mayor and opposition political parties.

Miller told reporters outside the High Court that British lawmakers should be allowed to debate Brexit and hold the government to account in the lead up to the October 31 deadline.

‘The Supreme Court has pencilled in Sept. 17 for the appeal hearing,’ she said. ‘My legal team and I will not give up the fight for democracy.’

Earlier this week, MPs in the House of Commons voted to delay Brexit until January 2020, to avoid Britain bailing out of the EU without a deal. If successful, it will likely trigger a snap general election.

Law to block no-deal Brexit passed by Parliament

British lawmakers voted to pass a law to take a no-deal Brexit off the table this week.

The bill was passed by without any amendments by the House of Lords and will now go to the Queen for royal assent.

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