British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied lying to Queen Elizabeth about the reasons for suspending Parliament for five weeks. His denial comes after a Scottish court ruling that his decision to do so was unlawful.
Johnson prorogued or suspended Parliament on Monday until October 14 - a move that was heavily criticised by opposition lawmakers who see this as an attempt to thwart their plans to scrutinise the PM’s Brexit plans and to allow him to push through the exit from the European Union with or without a deal on October 31.
With seven weeks to go for the deadline, the government and parliament are locked in a bitter conflict over the future of Brexit, with possible outcomes ranging from leaving without a deal to another referendum.
Johnson said the government is waiting to hear an appeal next week against the Scottish court ruling by the Supreme Court, the United Kingdom's highest judicial body.