AFP: Scottish court hands Boris Johnson fresh Brexit blow11 September 2019 | 23:40 | FOCUS News Agency
The decision came as the government was forced to release documents revealing that preparedness for a no-deal Brexit remained "at a low level", with logjams at Channel ports threatening to impact drug and food supplies.
The Operation Yellowhammer documents also warned of "a rise in public disorder and community tensions" in such a scenario.
The government stressed that it was "updating the assumptions" in the document, and that it was "neither an impact assessment, nor a prediction of what is most likely to happen.
"It describes what could occur in a reasonable worst case scenario," wrote minister Michael Gove.
But the release, after MPS voted last week to compel the government to publish, fuelled lawmakers' fears that a disorderly divorce would be hugely disruptive to the UK.
The government meanwhile appealed the Scottish court ruling, with the case set to be heard in the Supreme Court next Tuesday, and parliament will for now stay shut.
Johnson says that suspending -- or proroguing -- parliament until October 14 is a routine move to allow his government to launch a new legislative agenda.
Critics accuse him of trying to silence opposition to his plan to leave the European Union on October 31, even if he has not agreed exit terms with Brussels.
Johnson argues that while he is working to get a deal, Britain must leave the bloc regardless, three years after the referendum vote for Brexit.
Before it was suspended on Tuesday, the House of Commons rushed through legislation to force Johnson to delay Brexit if there is no deal by an EU summit on October 17.
Wednesday's court ruling sparked calls for parliament to be recalled, and a group of MPs protested outside the building, saying they were ready to resume their seats.
"I urge the prime minister to immediately recall parliament so we can debate this judgement and decide what happens next," said Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer.
However, a government source told AFP that "nothing is changing" until the case was concluded.
Later, Johnson took questions from the public in a live address on Facebook, where he was asked if he was the "leader of an authoritarian regime".
"I must respectfully disagree with you," he replied, adding: "What we're trying to do is to implement the result of the 2016 referendum."
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