LONDON (AP) – Britain's House of Commons met on Wednesday after the Supreme Court ruling that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had acted illegally by suspending Parliament – in fact thwarting efforts to consider the laws. around the Brexit.
The historic movement backed Parliament's sovereignty and slapped what the judges saw as a Johnson effort that essentially reduced the debate. The prime minister returned to London after interrupting a trip to the UN General Assembly amid demands for his resignation of angry opposition parties.
In New York, Johnson dismissed questions about his resignation, said he disagreed "strongly" with the court ruling and suggested that he might try to suspend Parliament for the second time. Cabinet Minister Michael Gove says the government "respected" the court ruling but declined to apologize for violating the law.
"I think it is important to point out that while the Supreme Court has been clear, there is a respectable legal opinion that disagrees with that opinion," Gove told the BBC. "It is perfectly possible in a democracy to say that you respect a judgment and will enforce it, but also note that there are a number of views on the appropriateness of a particular course of action."
Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn responded that Johnson should apologize to the public and Queen Elizabeth II for telling her that Parliament should be suspended. The suspension would have a limited debate before Britain's scheduled departure on 31 October from the European Union.
“I think he should apologize to her (the queen) for the advice he gave her, but more importantly, apologize to the British people for what he has done in trying to end our democracy at a crucial time when people are very, very concerned what will happen on October 31, ”Corbyn told the BBC.
Johnson is still on a collision course with Parliament over his determination to remove Britain from the EU on October 31, even if no divorce agreement is reached. Parliament has passed a law requiring him to seek extension if no agreement is reached, but Johnson says he will not do so under any circumstances.
Johnson will address Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, but has begun to position himself as the people's champion facing a recalcitrant establishment, bent on thwarting the 2016 Brexit vote. Lawmakers will also discuss preparations for Brexit and the collapse. tour operator Thomas Cook as the session resumes.
In his New York address, Johnson mentioned Brexit only once – as a reminder when he recalled the Prometheus myth, which was chained to Zeus by a stone and condemned to eat his liver by an eagle for eternity.
"And that went on forever," he joked, "a bit like Brexit's experience in the UK, if some of our parliamentarians got what they wanted."
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