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Could the courts stop the next prime minister from suspending parliament?

How appalling that the issue has been allowed to get this far

By Sionaidh Douglas-Scott  

Last week, high profile figures said that they stood ready to take legal action against a prime minister determined to force through a no-deal Brexit by prorogation—ie suspension—of parliament. (Prorogation is a personal prerogative of the Queen, taken on the advice of government ministers).

As Boris Johnson, very likely the UK’s next prime minister, has continually refused to rule out this “nuclear option,” John Major stated on the Today programme that he “would be prepared to go and seek judicial review to prevent parliament being bypassed.” Gina Miller, whose successful legal action required Theresa May…

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