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BORIS JOHNSON - Prime Minister in between a rock and a hard place, seeks refuge at number 10 Downing Street as he schemes on how to silence his political pundits.
SUPREME COURT RULING 24 SEPTEMBER 2019
Lady Hale, who has been President of the Supreme Court since September 2017, delivered a quietly devastating judgment that ripped the government’s reasoning to shreds.
The Justices clearly held that the limit of power had been exceeded. Parliament had been sought to be suspended for five weeks in a critical period for the UK running up to the current 31 October Brexit deadline. The Government had simply failed to advance any evidence to justify a prorogation of that length at such a crucial time. It was therefore inevitable that as a matter of law, the attempted suspension would be ruled unlawful and void. The Court said that the order issued to suspend Parliament was legally like “a blank piece of paper”.
YOU WOULDN'T LIKE ME ANGRY - "I don't care what those doddering fools have decided, I'm right and they are wrong. I'm very reasonable and just the bloke to lead the country my way. We can't have a little thing like democracy stand in the way."
The 11 Justices of the UK Supreme Court have unanimously decided that Parliament was not actually suspended. This is because the advice of the Prime Minister to the Queen was unlawful and the advice and the steps which followed were of no legal effect. In finding as they did, the Justices upheld the earlier ruling by three appeal judges in the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
OH DEAR BORIS - Yes Maam, I slipped up big time. Can we pretend it was all a misunderstanding or will I really have to go?
CONSERVATIVE MPS 2017-2018
LADY HALE: Brenda Hale, 74, is President of the Supreme Court. She previously backed an ECHR ruling over votes for prisoners. In July ex-Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, now Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, announced Lady Hale would be joining Gary Lineker as a “visiting fellow”.
LADY BLACK: Jill Black, 65, became the second female Supreme Court justice in 2017. In 2016 she ruled against a woman wanting a bigger divorce settlement seven years after her marriage ended. She said: “This court is not here to provide a top-up for every foreign divorce.”
LORD HODGE: Patrick Hodge, 66, joined the court in 2013. He previously served as an intellectual property judge in Scotland. In June 2016 his son George, a committed Remainer, branded the Leave campaign “one of the most disgraceful spectacles in modern British political history”.
LORD LLOYD-JONES: David Lloyd-Jones, 67, is a fluent Welsh speaker. He spent much of his time as a barrister practising EU and public law, then became a High Court judge in 2005. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2017, becoming the first Welsh person to be made a justice.
LADY ARDEN: Mary Arden, 72, is an “ad hoc” British judge at the European Court of Human Rights. She was named one of the “50 most powerful women in Britain” by the left-wing Guardian newspaper in 1997. A member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
LORD SALES: Philip Sales, 57, became the government’s go-to barrister for civil cases when he was aged just 35. But in 2009 there was outrage when he charged taxpayers £3.3million over six years. He was dubbed the “Treasury Devil”. Joined the Supreme Court in January.
LORD KITCHEN: David Kitchin, 64, was appointed to the Supreme Court in October last year. Became a QC in 1994 before being appointed a Deputy High Court judge in 2001. Rose to Court of Appeal justice in 2011. Made his name as an intellectual property specialist.
LORD WILSON: Nicholas Wilson, 74, spent 26 years as an expert in family law, serving as a Family Court judge at the High Court. He was one of two Supreme Court judges who ruled against a decision by five fellow justices in favour of releasing Prince Charles’ “black spider” letters to ministers.
LORD REED: Robert Reed, 63, was a judge at the European Court of Human Rights in the 1990s. In 1999 he was on the ECHR panel that ruled the killers of James Bulger did not get a fair trial. In 2004 he sparked fury after sentencing a paedophile who raped a baby to just five years’ jail.
LORD KERR: Brian Kerr, 71, served as an “ad hoc” judge at the ECHR in 2001. In 2014 he, backed the Human Rights Act. He said: “Citizens of the UK are as much Europeans as anybody else and are entitled to cast a jealous eye on the rights of their brethren in the rest of Europe.”
LORD CARNWATH: Robert Carnwath, 74, was Attorney General to Prince Charles, advising him just as his marriage to Princess Diana rumbled. He founded the EU Forum of Judges for the Environment. He sits on the advisory board of the King’s College London Centre of European Law.
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ULSTER UNIONIST PARTY
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