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BREAKING Court bid to halt Boris Johnson shutting down Parliament thrown out by judge; A Scottish court has denied campaigners an injunction to block the Prime Minister's prorogation of Parliament.

Byline: Mikey Smith

A Scottish court has thrown out a legal bid to haltBoris Johnson's plan to shut down Parliament.

Lord Doherty, presiding over the bid, denied campaigners an injunction that would have put a temporary hold on the Prime Minister's prorogation of Parliament.

Campaigners are expected to appeal.

Remain activists branded the PM's plans an "assault on democracy" on Wednesday as they submitted the motion to Edinburgh's Court of Session - the highest civil court in Scotland - asking for the move to be suspended.

It's understood the motion was submitted in Scotland because the English high courts are closed for the Summer.

The case was taken by a cross-party group of more than 70 MPs and peers, with the support of the Good Law Project led by QC Jolyon Maugham.

The group had already filed a petition at the Court of Session as part of an effort to stop Mr Johnson from being able to prorogue Parliament, with a judge ordering there should be a fast-track hearing in the case.

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Edinburgh South West MP Joanna Cherry said on Twitter that Mr Johnson's plan to temporarily shut down Parliament from around September 11 until the state opening on October 14 was a "constitutional outage".

She said: "I've been on a conference call with Jolyon Maugham & the legal team in case of Cherry v Adv General to see if we can speed up the hearing due on 6 September to get court to look at what's proposed ASAP."

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One of the politicians involved in the legal bid,LabourEdinburgh South MP Ian Murray, said: "Boris Johnson's plan to suspend Parliament is an assault on our democracy.

"This is the people's Parliament and the people deserve to have their representatives in Parliament during this vital period.

"Legal action to prevent the Prime Minister suspending Parliament has already been fast-tracked through the courts and we are now seeking an emergency hearing to prevent this undemocratic action.

"A no-dealBrexitwould be catastrophic for Scotland and the UK, and we will do everything we can to stop Boris Johnson inflicting such hardship on the people.

"The final say on Brexit should be handed back to the people."

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SNP Joanna Cherry outside the Court of Session

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Aug 30, 2019
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