PM denies lying to Queen over suspension of parliament

Boris Johnson has denied lying to the Queen over the suspension of parliament, insisting such a suggestion is “absolutely not” true.

The denial from the prime minister comes in the wake of a ruling from the Court of Session in Edinburgh about his decision to prorogue the legislature for five weeks.

After a cross-party legal challenge was launched by opponents of the suspension, the court ruled on Wednesday that the advice given by ministers to the Queen over the shutdown was “unlawful”.

The government is appealing against the decision, with a hearing scheduled for the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Asked whether he had lied to the monarch, Mr Johnson said: “Absolutely not.

“The High Court in England plainly agrees with us but the Supreme Court will have to decide.

“We need a Queen’s Speech, we need to get on and do all sorts of things at a national level.”

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Opponents contend that Mr Johnson has suspended parliament in order to curtail scrutiny of his Brexit strategy in the lead-up to the UK’s currently scheduled exit day of 31 October.

But the PM has maintained that parliament has been prorogued in order to hold a Queen’s Speech and set out his domestic agenda.

“Parliament will have time both before and after that crucial summit [of EU leaders] on October 17th and 18th to talk about the Brexit deal,” Mr Johnson said.

“I’m very hopeful that we will get a deal, as I say, at that crucial summit. We’re working very hard – I’ve been around the European capitals talking to our friends.

“I think we can see the rough area of a landing space, of how you can do it – it will be tough, it will be hard, but I think we can get there.”

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