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"This court has ... concluded that the prime minister's advice to Her Majesty [ to suspend parliament] was unlawful, void and of no effect. This means that the Order in Council to which it led was also unlawful, void and of no effect should be quashed.

"This means that when the royal commissioners walked into the House of Lords [to prorogue parliament] it was as if they walked in with a blank sheet of paper. The prorogation was also void and of no effect. Parliament has not been prorogued."

Hale continued: "It is for parliament, and in particular the Speaker and the Lord Speaker to decide what to do next. Unless there is some parliamentary rule of which we are unaware, they can take immediate steps to enable each house to meet as soon as possible. It is not clear to us that any step is needed from the prime minister, but if it is, the court is pleased that his counsel have told the court that he will take all necessary steps to comply with the terms of any declaration made by this court."

From the full text of the verdict h/t Guardian. (emphasis mine)

Not much Boris can do about this. Seeking a new prorogation is surely doomed to failure. Parliament will re-convene, possibly tomorrow.

There will be many calls for Boris's resignation. He probably won't listen. "If you want to get me out, vote no confidence, sweeties." That is of course the road to a general election and a likely new Tory majority (with Farage?).

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 11:03:57 AM EST
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