UK’s Johnson denies lying to Queen Elizabeth on parliament’s suspension

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the claims are ‘absolutely not’ true. (Reuters pic)

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied lying to Queen Elizabeth over the reasons for suspending parliament for five weeks after a court ruled his decision to do so was unlawful.

Parliament was prorogued, suspended on Monday until Oct 14, a move opponents argued was designed to thwart their attempts to scrutinise his plans for leaving the European Union (EU) and to allow him to push through a no-deal Brexit on Oct 31.

Scotland’s highest court of appeal ruled on Wednesday that the suspension was not lawful and was to stymie lawmakers, prompting Johnson’s opponents to accuse him of lying to the queen as to the reasons for the suspension.

Johnson said on Thursday those claims were “absolutely not” true.