Brexit chaos continues as Boris Johnson’s shutdown of Parliament ruled unlawful – latest updates
With Westminster in chaos, it can be tricky to keep up with the latest news.
We’ve put together a timeline of recent events to keep you in the loop.
Boris Johnson must resign
Following the unanimous Supreme Court ruling that the shutdown of Parliament was unlawful and unconstitutional, it’s clear that Boris Johnson is completely unfit for office.
This is a man who has lied to MPs, misled the Queen, and used dirty tricks in an attempt to force an extreme Brexit through the backdoor – with no mandate from the public and no support in Parliament. He must now resign.
"Boris Johnson's position is untenable and he should have the guts to resign" says SNP spokesperson Joanna Cherry.
The Supreme Court has ruled that the Prime Minister's suspension of parliament was unlawful.
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— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 24, 2019
The UK Supreme Court rules Boris Johnson’s shutdown of Parliament has been unlawful – Parliament must now resume immediately
The Supreme Court judges unanimously ruled that Boris Johnson’s decision to shut down Parliament in order to force through a no-deal Brexit was “unlawful and unconstitutional”.
Boris Johnson is unfit for office and must resign – his behaviour has been disgraceful and his contempt for democracy has been laid bare by the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Joanna Cherry QC MP, who has taken the lead in bringing the court case forward, said: “Parliament must resume without delay, so we can hold the Tory government to account on its Brexit plans, which threaten to plunge the UK into recession, destroy 100,000 Scottish jobs, and inflict lasting harm on living standards, public services and the economy.”
❗️ Boris Johnson's shutdown of Parliament has been ruled unlawful.
🛑 Judges rule that Parliament has not been prorogued.
👇 Join the fight against Boris Johnson's attacks on democracy by joining @theSNP today: https://t.co/Y3aAaWSS15 pic.twitter.com/xYJraTWAZN
— The SNP (@theSNP) September 24, 2019
Boris Johnson is in hiding, but he can’t escape scrutiny from Ian Blackford
Boris Johnson has acted unlawfully by shutting down Parliament, depriving MPs of a chance to scrutinise his reckless no-deal Brexit plan at PMQs and the Commons liaison committee.
While the Prime Minister is in hiding, Ian Blackford put a question to him in his weekly live stream.
Since you've shut down Parliament @BorisJohnson and are hiding from scrutiny, let me ask you here;
Will you obey the law or do you think you're above it?
Ian, Isle of Skye, SNP Westminster Leader#RecallParliament #StopNoDealhttps://t.co/swqpZPlitd
— Ian Blackford (@IanBlackfordMP) September 11, 2019
Kirsty Blackman leads cross-party gathering of MPs calling for Parliament to be recalled
After the Scottish courts found Boris Johnson’s shutdown of Parliament unlawful, Parliament must now be recalled immediately, so that MPs can scrutinise the Prime Minister with just 50 days until the Brexit cliff edge.
Kirsty Blackman and other SNP MPs, as well as figures from across the opposition parties, have gathered in front of Parliament to apply pressure to this shambolic Tory government.
SNP Westminster Deputy Leader @KirstySNP tells @BBCNews Parliament must be recalled immediately after the judgement in Scotland’s courts
Boris Johnson must face scrutiny and not be allowed to impose an extreme Brexit against Scotland’s will #Cherrycase pic.twitter.com/3rllQeVImZ
— Tom French (@tomfrench85) September 11, 2019
Downing Street attacks the Scottish judiciary by suggesting courts are politically biased
Number 10 sources reacted to the news by seeking to question the integrity and independence of Scottish judges, suggesting they are politically biased.
Boris Johnson should immediately apologise for attacks by his office on the Scottish judiciary, which are straight out of the tinpot dictators’ playbook and clearly reveal the utter contempt the Tories have for Scotland and the democratic process.
🔎 Sources at Number 10 have responded by questioning the political neutrality of the Scottish judges.
The Tories at Westminster are effectively saying:
🤫 Scottish democracy must be ignored
🤫 Scots Law must be ignored.
✍️ Pledge your support at https://t.co/fGvfb3XB6P pic.twitter.com/hG8bpupBWe
— The SNP (@theSNP) September 11, 2019
Boris Johnson’s shutdown of Parliament ruled unlawful by Scotland’s highest court
The legal case against the prorogation of the UK Parliament has resulted in the Court of Session ruling that Boris Johnson’s action was unlawful.
The UK government has acted in a fundamentally anti-democratic way to prevent Parliament from scrutinising the Brexit process and holding this shambolic Tory Prime Minister to account.
Evidence uncovered during the case, including private memos from Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings, highlighted this was a plot by Boris Johnson to prevent MPs from stopping his reckless no-deal Brexit plans for which he has no mandate.
⚖️ Scotland’s highest civil court has ruled that Boris Johnson’s suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful.
🏴 Scotland must have a choice about its future. pic.twitter.com/ztY6nXdPfi
— The SNP (@theSNP) September 11, 2019
Boris Johnson undemocratically shuts down Parliament, while Scottish Tories stand by him and act against Scotland’s interests – again
Having lost every single vote since he became Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has been urged by SNP MPs to accept the will of Parliament and take a catastrophic no-deal Brexit off the table, and warned that he is not “above the law”.
With Tories in meltdown, it is an absolute disgrace that Boris Johnson chose to attack democracy by shutting down Parliament in the middle of a constitutional crisis.
This is a blatant attempt to silence MPs, dodge scrutiny, and force through an extreme Brexit – and yet, the Scottish Tories have again failed to stand up for Scotland’s interests, by joining forces with Boris Johnson to sell them out.
🙅♂️ Tonight, Scottish Tories could have stood up for Scotland’s interests – instead every single one of them stood up for Boris Johnson’s.
🏴 Join us in fighting against Boris Johnson’s assault on democracy: https://t.co/Y3aAaWSS15 pic.twitter.com/Yg49DxpWhd
— The SNP (@theSNP) September 9, 2019
Theresa May’s resignation honours reveals list of “rotten Tory peerages handed like out sweeties”
In the latest sign of Westminster being broken and not fit for purpose, Theresa May has appointed dozens of new peers into the House of Lords – including most of her former special advisers.
Former Tory director of communications, as well as Theresa May’s joint chiefs of staff – people who played a major part in plunging us into the Brexit chaos – have been awarded with knighthoods and further honours.
The fact that Tories are able to turn their cronies and donors into legislators for life – with no democratic mandate or accountability – clearly underlines that Westminster is not working for Scotland and highlights the case for abolishing the House of Lords.
SNP MP @PeteWishart accuses May of “handing out peerages like sweeties to the same Tory advisers who got us into this Brexit mess”.
He said it was the “worst kind of cronyism, and demonstrates everything that is wrong with the broken Westminster system. https://t.co/VQ4u4iT0NL
— Fraser MacDonald (@fr4ser) September 9, 2019
Fifth defeat for Boris Johnson as Parliament forces him to publish secret no-deal plans
Boris Johnson has been ordered to hand over the full dossier of secret documents about the government’s Brexit preparations – coded Operation Yellowhammer – outlining the consequences of the reckless plan to plough ahead with a no-deal.
Johnson will also be forced to hand over messages sent by senior aides plotting the prorogation of Parliament, just before publicly denying that was not the government’s plan.
Having faced 5 defeats in just one week of Parliament sitting, Boris Johnson has lost more votes than Tony Blair in ten years and Margaret Thatcher in eleven. This is a shambolic Tory government falling apart before our eyes.
Each and every new development just now makes the shutting down of Parliament for 5 weeks all the more outrageous. https://t.co/4wJUDDqbMC
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) September 9, 2019
Bill to stop a no-deal Brexit officially becomes law – amid reports of Boris Johnson plotting to break the law
Reports that the Tory government would seek to subvert the law and force through an extreme Brexit are another appalling sign of Boris Johnson’s assault on the fundaments of democracy.
While the Bill to stop a no-deal Brexit became officially enshrined into UK law, it is beyond belief that the Prime Minister is considering breaking it – and shutting down Parliament in the middle of a constitutional crisis.
Arrived at Parliament on a day that the order paper includes the order for the Prime Minister to close down Parliament for 5 weeks. In a growing constitutional crisis this should not be happening, this is the shutting down of democracy.
— Ian Blackford (@IanBlackfordMP) September 9, 2019
Boris Johnson’s government on the verge of collapse as more Tory figures resign
Amber Rudd became the latest leading Tory figure to resign over the Prime Minister’s reckless approach to Brexit, accusing Johnson of “an act of political vandalism”.
Boris Johnson’s government has no majority, no authority, and no mandate.
Rudd’s resignation has laid bare that the Tory leader’s real plan is to force through a catastrophic no-deal Brexit – with the EU negotiations, as Dominic Cummings described them, merely “a sham” to run down the clock.
🚫 Ruth Davidson: Resigned.
🚫 Jo Johnson: Resigned.
🤷♂️ If they can’t put up with Boris Johnson, why should Scotland? pic.twitter.com/TsUHP7mfGM
— The SNP (@theSNP) September 5, 2019
MPs take back control of the Brexit process and vote against no-deal
SNP MPs voted to pass a historic Bill to stop a no-deal Brexit, and worked cross-party to ramp up the pressure on Boris Johnson and take steps in removing the Tories from office.
The UK government’s slide towards the extremes has been highlighted by Boris Johnson’s decision to remove the Conservative whip from 21 MPs who voted for the Bill – including the former Chancellor and senior ministers.
With Johnson’s authority crumbling, the UK government’s majority went from 1 to -43 in just one day.
✊ For the second night, SNP MPs have joined with other parties to vote down Boris Johnson’s catastrophic no deal Brexit plan.
🙈 Boris Johnson has now lost 3 votes out of 3 during his term as Prime Minister. Join us in the fight against a no deal Brexit: https://t.co/Y3aAaWSS15 pic.twitter.com/ffX2jHnW2N
— The SNP (@theSNP) September 4, 2019
SNP take the lead in cross-party efforts to stop a no-deal Brexit
The SNP has co-sponsored the cross-party Bill designed to stop a catastrophic no-deal Brexit, which would slash over 100,000 Scottish jobs, wreck the economy, and damage our public services.
While SNP MPs had consistently voted to stop Brexit and block a no-deal, Scottish Tory MPs had explicitly acted against Scotland’s interests and backed no-deal on every occasion – including 19 times this year.
✊ Tonight, SNP MPs joined with other parties to take control of Parliament from Boris Johnson and put a stop to a catastrophic no deal.
🙈 Meanwhile, Scottish Tory MPs lined up one by one to support Boris Johnson and his no deal Brexit. pic.twitter.com/lgozb5e9rQ
— The SNP (@theSNP) September 3, 2019
Ruth Davidson resigns
Citing Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy as part of her reason, Ruth Davidson has resigned as leader of the Scottish Tories.
This really begs the question – if even Ruth Davidson can’t put up with the hard-right shift of the Tories, why should Scotland?
📣 @NicolaSturgeon is right.
🗳 Scotland must have a choice.
✍️ Pledge your support for independence at https://t.co/1TBOd5pYT1 pic.twitter.com/3517cZ4ZEw
— Yes (@YesScot) August 29, 2019
Boris Johnson announces undemocratic plan to shut down UK Parliament
In a court case over the decision to shut down Parliament, a secret Downing Street document was revealed showing that Boris Johnson agreed to shutting down Parliament on 16 August – before publicly denying such a move would happen.
During the Tory leadership contest, Boris Johnson told Tory MPs that he is “not attracted to arcane procedures such as the prorogation of Parliament”.
Rather than respecting democracy, this is a Prime Minister culpable of downright deception and a litany of lies.
If that weren’t enough, numerous members of Johnson’s Cabinet strongly condemned the idea of shutting down Parliament, before quietly falling into line and facilitating this attack on democracy.
🔎 These senior Tories have used strong words against shutting down Parliament – now they want you to forget it.
🤷♀️ As Boris Johnson is attacking democracy, his Cabinet members have gone into hiding.https://t.co/euo4oduVYD
— The SNP (@theSNP) August 29, 2019
Vote Leave takeover of Downing Street as new Cabinet is the most right-wing in decades
Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings, his chief advisor who has led the Vote Leave campaign, have appointed a Cabinet dominated by rabid right-wingers and hardline Brexiteers – a clear case of Westminster becoming more extreme and out of touch by the day.
Figures in the new Cabinet have advocated slashing Scotland’s budget, rolling back devolution, cutting taxes for the rich, privatising the NHS, and even re-introducing the death penalty.
⚠️ Boris Johnson has appointed an extreme, hard-right Cabinet.
🔎 It includes ministers who have supported the death penalty, called feminists “obnoxious bigots”, opposed equal marriage, and supported ripping up Scotland’s devolution settlement.https://t.co/3CnIUY7vvN
— The SNP (@theSNP) July 25, 2019
Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister
Elected by less than 0.2% of the UK’s population who are Tory party members, Boris Johnson – the man blighted by a litany of racist, sexist and homophobic comments – took over as Prime Minister.
🚨 Boris Johnson has just been appointed Prime Minister, not by the people of the UK, nor by the people of Scotland, but by Tory members.
🏴 #ItsTime to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands. Pledge your support for independence at https://t.co/fkiOEPFSzq pic.twitter.com/jksbjpZttd
— Yes (@YesScot) July 23, 2019