Supreme Court decision: Heidi Allen says Boris Johnson must resign after judgment
Heidi Allen, the South Cambridgeshire MP has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after the Supreme Court ruled he acted unlawfully in suspending, or 'proroguing’ Parliament.
Independent Ms Allen was among the MPs who helped bring the case to the highest court in the land, which today (Tuesday) ruled that he did not have the justification to do so in the run-up to the October 31 Brexit deadline.
MPs are expected to return to Parliament tomorrow.
The Supreme Court's president, Lady Hale, said: “The decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification.”
Delivering the unanimous verdict, she added: “The effect on the fundamentals of democracy was extreme.”
Ms Allen, who quit the Tories earlier this year, and spent a spell with Change UK before returning to sit as an independent, responded: “This judgment will go down in history as the day a British Prime Minister was called out for lying to Parliament and the Queen. Nobody is above the law and especially not Boris Johnson. He must resign.”
She said she was “proud to have been one of the MPs to bring this case”.
After the verdict, Cambridge's Labour MP Daniel Zeichner said: “Let’s get back to business. Parliament should reopen immediately. We also need a clear statement from Boris Johnson that he will not try any other dodgy tricks to suspend Parliament for a second time.
“There is a proven liar in Number 10 and I look forward to his removal soon, but first let’s ensure there is absolutely no opportunity left for him to allow Britain to crash out of the EU without a deal.
“Mr Johnson hates Parliamentary scrutiny but MPs can now hold all his decisions up to the light once again.”
Mr Johnson said he disagreed with the ruling, but would respect it.