Number 10 says it will appeal ruling of Scotland's highest court that prorogation of Parliament was unlawful. Labour's Keir Starmer urges immediate recall.

Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has urged the prime minister to immediately recall Parliament following a ruling by the Cour of Session.

Scotland’s highest court ruled today that the prorogation of Parliament on Monday was unlawful. Judges said they unanimously believed the prime minister’s intention for proroguing Parliament was for the “improper purpose” of stymying it. The court added that advice given to the Queen by the prime minister, asking her to prorogue Parliament, was therefore “unlawful and is thus null and of no effect.”

Number 10 will appeal the ruling in the Supreme Court next week.

Parliament was prorogued in the early hours of Tuesday morning amid protest by opposition MPs. The speaker of the House of Commons also said he thought the suspension was “an act of executive fiat”.


Responding to the Court of Session’s Wednesday ruling, Labour’s Keir Starmer said:

“I welcome the Court’s judgement.

“No one in their right mind believed Boris Johnson’s reason for shutting down Parliament.

“I urge the Prime Minister to immediately recall Parliament so we can debate this judgement and decide what happens next.”