September 19, 2019 / 12:04 PM / 2 months ago

If he loses court case, UK PM Johnson could suspend parliament again - document

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a roundtable at Downing Street in London, Britain, September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could suspend parliament again even if the Supreme Court rules that his original suspension, or prorogation, was unlawful, a court submission tweeted by an opposition lawyer showed.

The Supreme Court is on the final day of a three-day hearing to determine whether Johnson acted unlawfully when he suspended parliament for five weeks in the run-up to Brexit.

“Depending on the court’s reasoning it would still either be open or not open to the PM to consider a further prorogation,” the legal submission said. It was tweeted by Jo Maugham, a lawyer who successfully brought a challenge in Scotland over the suspension.

Johnson’s lawyers had been asked by the court to explain what he would do if the court found against him. The document tweeted by Maugham was their response, he said.

Reporting by Kate Holton, editing by Estelle Shirbon

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