The embattled prime minister was specifically asked about a Scottish high court opinion on Wednesday that found his request to suspend parliament was ‘‘unlawful.’’ A panel of Scottish judges ruled the Johnson government had been misleading — perhaps, even to the monarch — about its true motivation for the five-week halt. The Scottish judges said the time-out ‘‘had the purpose of stymying Parliament’’ ahead of the latest deadline for Britain to leave the European Union. Johnson on Thursday denied this was so. The prime minister said he suspended this Parliament — filled with vexatious rebels, including within his own party — so he could craft a new Conservative Party legislative agenda, full of his promised bold new proposals, to swell the ranks of the police force and to fund care for the infirm and elderly, for example. But many lawmakers weren’t buying it. Johnson’s suspension of Parliament — what’s called a prorogation — is the longest in almost a century. And it is happening in the middle of what is arguably Britain’s worst peacetime crisis since World War II. Even Johnson’s fellow Tories say the prime minister is playing politics — and trying to outflank moves to block a general… Read full this story
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