Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament is unlawful, Supreme Court rules

By Rob Picheta and Ivana Kottasová, CNN

Updated 4:53 p.m. ET, September 24, 2019
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12:38 p.m. ET, September 24, 2019

Trump says Johnson won't resign

President Donald Trump played down suggestions that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson should resign after he was found to have unlawfully suspended Parliament.

Asked how he responded to calls for him to go, Johnson told reporters at the UN General Assembly, “we respect the judiciary in our country,” before adding that he disagrees "profoundly" with the Supreme Court's ruling.

“That was a very nasty question,” Trump added when Johnson finished speaking. “I know him well, he’s not going anywhere,” the President said.

Trump also said Johnson’s difficulties are “pretty much what you expected” from the Brexit process, and added he will make great progress on Brexit come October and November -- to which Johnson quickly interjected, “October! October!”

Trump then repeated his false claim that he had predicted the result of the Brexit vote in Britain before polls closed. “I was there, I happened to be there the day of the vote ... I even made a prediction. It was a correct prediction,” Trump said. Trump had in fact been in the UK the day after the result.

The President said he had "no reaction" to the Supreme Court ruling, calling it "another day at the office for Johnson."

He then discussed his own administration's "0 for 7" start in the Supreme Court, before he got a "great streak going" with the body, suggesting the same turnaround will come for Johnson.

"We're full of respect for the justices of our Supreme Court," Johnson interrupted, prompting Trump to laugh and tap him on the shoulder. "He's being very nice to the courts," Trump said with a smile.

12:23 p.m. ET, September 24, 2019

Corbyn makes his election pitch

From CNN's Eliza Mackintosh in Brighton, England

Jeremy Corbyn has now moved onto Labour's domestic agenda, setting out his pitch for an early election that looks more likely by the day.

"Nothing matters more than the climate emergency," he says, praising Greta Thunberg and other young activists who have been staging strikes in recent months.

"We're seeing ice caps melting, coral reefs dissolving, wildfires in the Arctic Circle and Brazil's far-right leader President Bolsonaro fiddles while the Amazon burns."

"Real security doesn't come from belligerent posturing or reckless military interventions. It comes from international cooperation and diplomacy, and addressing the root causes of the threats we all face."

He also discusses Labour's domestic policy, to applause from the hall.

11:53 a.m. ET, September 24, 2019

Johnson wants a Trump-deal Brexit, Corbyn says

From CNN's Eliza Mackintosh in Brighton, England

Jeremy Corbyn acknowledges applause at the start of his speech.
Jeremy Corbyn acknowledges applause at the start of his speech. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

"I don't think he's fit to be prime minister," Jeremy Corbyn says of Boris Johnson during his keynote conference speech.

"This crisis can only be solved with a general election. That election needs to take place as soon as this government's threat of a disastrous no deal is off the table," Corbyn says, restating his party's position on a snap poll.

Corbyn then warns of the effects of a no-deal Brexit, saying it would leave Britain subservient to the United States in trade talks.

Johnson wants to put Britain "at the mercy of Donald Trump," Corbyn says. "A no-deal Brexit is in reality a Trump-deal Brexit,"

"That would be the opposite of taking back control," says Corbyn, adding that Trump us "delighted" to have Boris Johnson "in his back pocket."

He also nods to his own party's Brexit policy, which many observers have pointed out has been anything but unified.

Corbyn promises a second confirmatory vote, featuring two options: "credible leave alongside remain."

"That's not complicated," he says, adding that he will carry out whatever the people decide.

11:46 a.m. ET, September 24, 2019

Johnson thought he could do what he wants, says Corbyn

From CNN's Eliza Mackintosh in Brighton, England

As expected, Jeremy Corbyn has begun his remarks with a stinging attack on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's unlawful prorogation of Parliament.

"The highest court in the land has found that Boris Johnson broke the law," opposition leader Corbyn says, after walking out to raucous applause in a packed conference hall.

"The Prime Minister acted illegally when he tried to shut down opposition to his reckless and disastrous plan to crash out of the European Union without a deal. But he has failed."

"He will never shut down our democracy or silence the voices of us, the people," Corbyn says. "The government will be held to account for what he has done."

He again calls for Johnson to step down, telling the hall: "this unelected Prime Minister should now resign." The crowd rise to the feet in response, chanting "Throw him out, throw him out."

"He thought he could do what he wants, just as he has done all his life."

11:38 a.m. ET, September 24, 2019

HAPPENING NOW: Jeremy Corbyn address to Labour Party conference

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is beginning his speech to the Labour Party conference.

The speech was originally due to take place tomorrow, but has been brought forward so that Corbyn and fellow Labour lawmakers can return to Parliament tomorrow.

11:26 a.m. ET, September 24, 2019

Who is Lady Hale, the breakout star of the UK's Supreme Court drama?

Lady Hale, the Supreme Court's President and undoubtedly the breakout figure of the court's prorogation hearings, seized the spotlight one final time on Tuesday to announce the court's historic decision.

But while the 74-year-old's cutting interjections and her impressive selection of brooches have won her a host of new admirers, Hale has enjoyed a stellar reputation within the legal world for many years.

She became the first female President of the Supreme Court in 2017, having earlier become its first woman justice upon its formation in October 2009.

That completed an impressive journey which began with her graduation from Cambridge University in 1966.

A specialist in family and social welfare law, Lady Hale -- whose first name is Brenda -- authored a case book called "The Family, Law and Society."

Upon becoming a law lord, she told The Guardian: "To become a law lord is a proud achievement for anyone, male or female, and to show other women and girls, and indeed everyone, that a woman can do it has made it an even prouder achievement for me."

Lady Hale will leave her second home at the beginning of next year, when her term comes to an end.

10:39 a.m. ET, September 24, 2019

Brexit is now a game of chicken

Analysis from CNN's Luke McGee in London

John Nguyen - WPA Pool/Getty Images
John Nguyen - WPA Pool/Getty Images

As Westminster slowly returns to normal, talk is turning to what happens next.

As things stand: Parliament was not officially suspended; Brexit is happening on October 31; Parliament has passed a law instructing Boris Johnson to request a Brexit extension and avoid a no-deal Brexit; Johnson says he won't.

So Brexit becomes a game of chicken.

We know that Johnson wants an early election, as does his rival, Jeremy Corbyn.

Where they differ is on whether that happens before Brexit has happened, or after it has been extended to avoid a no-deal exit.

Corbyn has two options: call for a vote of no confidence in Johnson's government or keep applying pressure on the Prime Minister hoping he will resign.

Both options are risky as they could lead to Johnson simply sitting tight and watching a no-deal Brexit happen by default.

But the options for Johnson are hardly enviable. Resignation offers Johnson some electoral advantages, as it would mean he could fight an election campaign while keeping his promise that he didn't delay Brexit.

But it would also mean suffering the indignity of handing power to a man he has previously called a national security risk.

Or he can sit tight, keep suffering parliamentary losses, and watching his growing opposition run rings around him.

10:15 a.m. ET, September 24, 2019

Boris Johnson was putting himself above the law, says Gina Miller

The Supreme Court's ruling against Prime Minister Boris Johnson is unprecedented, a lawyer central to the case has told CNN.

Gina Miller, the lawyer who successfully appealed the High Court verdict against her legal challenge to Johnson's prorogation, told Bianca Nobilo she was "in shock" at the unanimous, 11-0 decision.

She added she was “in a second phase of shock that the Prime Minister is now trying to downplay this.”

"No prime minister has ever used their office to do this ... no prime minster has illegally advised the Queen," Miller said.

"This is absolutely fundamental to our constitution ... he cannot -- or in fact, any prime minster cannot -- just close down or shut up parliament, just because parliament disagrees with them."

"The case was not about Brexit, it was not about politics, it was about the fact that he was putting himself above the law, and the courts have found that he cannot do that."

9:54 a.m. ET, September 24, 2019

Boris Johnson to fly back to Britain overnight

From CNN's Luke McGee in London

Boris Johnson will fly back to the UK Tuesday night after his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, a government source tells CNN.

There is no information yet if and when he may speak in the House of Commons Wednesday.