Court fight continues after 'prorogue petition' rejected

Elaine Motion of Balfour+Manson said today that the court fight would continue to show that Boris Johnson's plan to suspend parliament for five weeks in the run-up to Brexit was unlawful. 

Balfour+Manson's Executive Chairman is representing the 78 parliamentarians who claim the attempt to 'prorogue' parliament for five weeks should be declared unlawful. 

After hearing arguments from both sides in the Outer House of the Court of Session in Edinburgh, Lord Doherty today rejected the petitioners' arguments. He said in this case, the decision to prorogue parliament was "political territory and decision-making which cannot be measured against legal standards." 

However,  Elaine Motion said the issue was far from over: "We have marked an appeal to today's ruling and we hope that will be heard in the Inner House of the Court of Session as soon as possible.  

"We always knew this would be the first step in a long, complex journey and we are pleased to have had the opportunity to make our arguments. We are ready to move forward to the next stage in the process."