- Title: Protesters rally outside UK Supreme Court ahead of parliament ruling
- Date: 17th September 2019
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) PROTESTER DRESSED AS THE INCREDIBLE HULK WITH SIGN READING (English): "CHLORINATED JOHNSON." POLICE PUTTING CORDON INTO PLACE OUTSIDE SUPREME COURT VARIOUS OF PROTESTER DRESSED AS ROBOCOP PRETENDING TO ARREST PROTESTER DRESSED AS THE INCREDIBLE HULK ROBOCOP LEADING THE INCREDIBLE HULK AWAY IN HANDCUFFS/ PROTESTERS HOLDING PLACARDS READING (English) 'REOPEN PARLIAMENT' AND 'DEFEND DEMOCRACY' POLICE PUTTING CORDON INTO PLACE (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER FROM SCOTLAND, EILEEN SANCHEZ, SAYING: "I've come here today, well, because the people need to defend democracy - our Parliament is being denied by an almostâ€¦ can I use the 'F' word? â€¦ fascist government. A very right-wing government, made up of people that misled in the first place the population regarding the facts, or the lies, about what Brexit would mean." PROTESTERS INCLUDING ONE DRESSED AS ROBOCOP HOLDING A SIGN READING (English): "SERVE THE PUBLIC TRUST. PROTECT THE INNOCENT. UPHOLD THE LAW." PEOPLE QUEUING FOR THE COURT'S PUBLIC GALLERY (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER, MIKE HICKS, SAYING: "I think that Boris Johnson has taken a stance that is very undemocratic, that is against the will of the people and we need to be able to express our views through Parliament. That's the essence of our democracy. We can't just shut it down." (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER, JACK DART, SAYING: "I don't think anybody really knows at this point. I think obviously the Scottish court has made its case and its decision, that it was illegal - it was unlawful. I think we have to just wait and see what the case says today. It's likely not to finish now until Thursday, so we really don't know, but I mean it's definitely not acceptable for Boris Johnson to be proroguing Parliament." PEOPLE QUEUING FOR THE COURT'S PUBLIC GALLERY PROTESTERS TO LEFT OF SUPREME COURT ENTRANCE, PEOPLE QUEUING TO ENTER ON THE RIGHT / POLICE IN FOREGROUND (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER, MIKE HICKS, SAYING: "I would be very disappointed and I would continue to protest in my own way, because it's clearly completely wrong that Boris Johnson has misled the queen and misled the country, and we have a right to challenge and to protest." (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER, JACK DART, SAYING: "We know morally that it's not acceptable. We know what he's trying to do - he's trying to prorogue Parliament so that Parliament can't have its say on Brexit, and he'll give any excuse he can just to try to convince the public that that's not what he's doing, but in reality we know what he's doing, and morally it's wrong. But if it turns out that legally he's not done anything wrong then that's absolutely fine, we have to move on." (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER FROM SCOTLAND, EILEEN SANCHEZ, SAYING: "I think that there will be an outcry in Scotland about it - you know, back to the days when we were being downtrodden. There is a historic memory there. There is a historic memory that lingers in Scotland - and Ireland as well, and Wales, but Wales have been under the thumb much longer. But I think we've got to stand up for democracy, and Parliament is not being allowed to have its say at the moment. It's been silenced, so the people must speak up." PROTESTER WITH A GAG AROUND HER MOUTH AND SIGN READING (English): "NO PARLIAMENT, NO VOICE!"
- Embargoed: 1st October 2019 12:27
- Keywords: Supreme Court protesters prorogue parliament suspend parliament Boris Johnson Brexit court decision
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA001AX1R2VB
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- Story Text: A man dressed as the Incredible Hulk - with a wig similar to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's signature style - was among the anti-Brexit protesters outside the UK Supreme Court on Tuesday (September 17).
The country's highest court of appeal begun hearing legal arguments about whether Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament was lawful after two separate legal cases in lower courts resulted in conflicting rulings.
In one case, anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller and former British prime minister John Major asserted that the suspension of Parliament was an abuse of power, and lost.
In the other, Scottish lawmaker Joanna Cherry put forward similar arguments, and won.
The Supreme Court has joined the two cases together and its 11 justices will make a final ruling.
Johnson on Sunday (September 15) likened himself to the Hulk comic book character as he seeks to conclude Britain's exit from the European Union by Oct. 31 with or without a deal - despite lawmakers passing a bill that legally prevents the latter option.
He has said the suspension, or prorogation, of parliament for five weeks until Oct. 14 was necessary to allow him to introduce a new legislative agenda. Opponents say the reason was to prevent scrutiny of and challenges to his Brexit plans by Parliament.
Protesters outside the court said they found Johnson's decision "undemocratic" and were hopeful of a ruling in line with the Scottish court.
Eileen Sanchez, who is originally from Scotland, said she thought there would be an outcry in Scotland if the Supreme Court finds the prorogation of Parliament lawful.
"I think we've got to stand up for democracy, and Parliament is not being allowed to have its say at the moment. It's been silenced, so people must speak up," she said.
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