UK top court to rule on parl't shutdown next week

Added On September 21, 2019

Britain's highest court says it will rule next week on whether it considers Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament unlawful.
On Thursday, Judge Brenda Hale made the statement as the third and final day of hearings wrapped up.
Johnson has suspended parliament for five weeks. MPs are only allowed to return on October 14 -- a fortnight before Britain's planned exit from the European Union on October 31. 
Johnson insists it was a routine move to allow his government to launch a new legislative programme next month. 
But critics accuse him of trying to silence critical MPs at a crucial time, with Britain's exit terms and departure date still uncertain. 
Johnson has also insisted that he will not ask Brussels for an extension of Britain's membership, even though the Houses of Parliament have passed a bill forcing him to do so.
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said a no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for both the UK and the EU, adding that a deal was possible before Oct. 31.