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Proroguing Parliament – Politics and the Courts

Proroguing Parliament – Politics and the Courts
Politeia’s Legal Series 2021 with BPP University

Thursday, 29th July 2021, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Shortly after Boris Johnson became prime minister in 2019, the Supreme Court intervened dramatically to rule, in September, against his exercising the prerogative power of proroguing parliament.

For many, the decision remains puzzling.

On Thursday, 29th July 2021 (6.30pm –7.30pm) Politeia’s legal series with BPP will consider the questions and implications of the judgement in its first in person event for over a year, Proroguing Parliament – Politics and the Courts.

Speakers will include:

  • Alexandra Agnew, Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • Rhodri Thompson QC, Matrix Chambers
  • Martin Howe QC, 8 New Square and Chairman of Lawyers for Britain
  • Sir Christopher Chope MP, House of Commons Procedure Committee
  • Dr Sheila Lawlor, Research Director, Politeia

The event will be chaired by Edite Ligere, Director of Politeia

Speakers will discuss the Courts’ decisions and their implications. In particular:

  • The High Court’s ruling that prorogation was an executive power and non-justiciable;
  • The Supreme Court’s decision that proroguing parliament before the new session was unlawful and justiciable.
  • Whether the Supreme Court’s ruling represents a new departure for the courts?
  • The balance of power between the three branches of government: should decisions on prorogation rest with the courts, the government or parliament?

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