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UK Supreme Court rules Prime Minister Boris Johnson suspended Parliament illegally

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan for no-deal Brexit isn't looking so bright all of a the UK Supreme Court has ruled Johnson acted unlawfully by shutting down parliament in the run-up to Brexit.
For more on this and other news around the world, let's turn to our Kim Da-mi.
Da-mi, tell us more about the ruling and how is Johnson is reacting?

Right, the UK Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Johnson's move in August to suspend parliament was unlawful.
The court pointed out that his decision simply cannot be justified.

"The court is bound to conclude therefore that the decision to advise her majesty to prorogue parliament was unlawful, because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification."

As you'd expect, Prime Minister Johnson didn't take the ruling well.
While in New York for the UN General Assembly, he said he strongly disagrees with the judgement, but made his firm stance on Brexit clear.

"I do think there's a good case for getting on with the Queen's Speech anyway and we'll do. But the important thing's that we get on and deliver Brexit on October the 31st."

Opposition politicians in the UK immediately called on Johnson to stand down, noting that the court’s decision demonstrates the prime minister's "contempt for democracy and abuse of power."
But the prime minister has indicated he won't be stepping down after just a few weeks in the job.
The House of Commons said the parliamentary session will resume on Wednesday but added that there will be no Prime Minister's Questions as at least "two days notice of questions is required."
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