“The High Court in England plainly agrees with us”

Boris Johnson, to television cameras, Thames ship visit

September 11, 2019

Claim

Johnson told television cameras, after the highest court in Scotland found that his prorogation of Parliament had been unlawful, that “the High Court in England plainly agrees with us. But the Supreme Court will have to decide.”

Facts

In response to the question “did you lie to the Queen when you advised her to prorogue, to suspend parliament?” Johnson told television cameras: “Absolutely not… [and] the High Court in England plainly agrees with us. But the Supreme Court will have to decide.”  The High Court had not found Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament lawful, nor had it agreed with Johnson. It had, however, concluded that it was not the court’s business to decide. It said the decision to prorogue Parliament and the advice given to the Queen were “inherently political in nature and there are no legal standards against which to judge their legitimacy.”

Verdict

Johnson’s claim that “the High Court in England plainly agrees” with the government was false.

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