British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a fresh blow Wednesday (11 September) when a Scottish court ruled that his controversial decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to Brexit was unlawful. 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 14 October is a… Read full this story
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