SUPREME COURT RULING British PM Johnson’s future hanging in balance

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The UK Supreme Court ruled that Boris Johnson’s decision to shut down parliament in the run-up to Brexit was unlawful, but a defiant prime minister said he disagreed and vowed that Britain would leave the EU by Oct. 31, come what may.

The stinging judgment by all 11 of the court’s sitting justices undermines Johnson’s already fragile grip on power and gives legislators more scope to try to stop him taking Britain out of the bloc next month, with or without a divorce deal.

The speaker of the House of Commons said it would reconvene at 11:30 a.m. (1030 GMT) on Wednesday. Johnson is currently in New York at the United Nations and is expected to fly back to Britain after making a speech at the United Nations General Assembly.

Responding in New York to the decision, which said that the suspension was null and void, Johnson said he would respect the ruling but “strongly disagreed” with it, making clear the setback would make no difference to his Brexit agenda.

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