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Supreme Court Judgment (Response)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 24th September 2019.

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The First Minister:

Yes. The effect of the decision that the Prime Minister took was to end all parliamentary scrutiny. One of the most powerful parts of a very powerful judgment was the explanation of the differences between proroguing Parliament and Parliament going into recess. Prorogation effectively ends all the work of Parliament. That was the context in which the word “extreme” was used.

The judgment is set out very bluntly, not politically but in terms of the law, how it is applied and the effects and implications of the judgment. It is the nature of the circumstances in which the Prime Minister has been found to have acted unlawfully, including the extreme implications of what he did, that makes his position so untenable now.