A legal challenge brought over Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks has been rejected by leading judges.

They announced their decision on Friday at the High Court in London.


Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton and President of the Queen's Bench Division Dame Victoria Sharp dismissed a claim brought against Mr Johnson by businesswoman Gina Miller.

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Read her statement in full:

“We are very disappointed with the judgment today.

“We feel strongly that Parliamentary sovereignty is fundamental to the stability and future of our country and is therefore worth fighting to defend.

“As our politics becomes more chaotic on a daily basis, the more vital it is that Parliament is sitting.

“We are therefore pleased that the judges have given permission to appeal to the Supreme Court on the grounds that our case has merit.

“All of us here today, my legal team who have worked tirelessly over the last few weeks and I, feel we have no other option but to appeal this judgment to the Supreme Court.

“An appeal ‘leapfrog’ date has been set for 17 September.”

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The statement continued: “Today we stood up for everyone – we stood up for future generations, we stood up for our representative democracy, and tried to stop those who would wreck our constitution.

“To give up now would be a dereliction of our responsibility to help protect our elected representatives – our eyes and ears that sit in Westminster – who protect our rights and give each of us a voice.

“It is not right that they should be bullied or shut down – especially at this most momentous of times in the history of our United Kingdom.

“My legal team and I will not give up the fight for democracy.”