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Scotland’s highest court of appeal has ruled that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament for five weeks is unlawful.

A group of around 70 parliamentarians had appealed against a ruling by a judge at the court that Johnson’s prorogation of parliament is lawful.

PM Johnson’s advice to Queen Elizabeth that parliament be prorogued until 14 October “was unlawful because it had the purpose of stymying parliament”, a summary of the judgment said.

A UK government spokesman said: “We are disappointed by today’s decision, and will appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

-Noah Harte