Boris Johnson’s opponents lined up to call on him to resign and become the “shortest serving prime minister” ever on Tuesday, after the UK Supreme Court ruled that his decision to suspend the UK Parliament earlier this month was illegal.
The Business Insider reports that the explosive verdict means that Johnson misled the queen when he advised her to shut down parliament. It also comes at the end of a turbulent period for Johnson who has lost multiple votes in Parliament and suffered a series of resignations from his government, including that of his own brother.
Politicians representing all parts of the United Kingdom joined the chorus of calls for him to stand down immediately.
The Scottish National Party member of Parliament Joanna Cherry, who helped bring the case against Johnson, said that the prime minister should now “do the decent thing and resign.”
“This is a huge victory for the rule of law and for democracy,” she said outside the court in central London.
She added: “His position is untenable and he should have the guts for once to the decent thing and resign.”
The Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that “a prime minister with any honour would tender his resignation”
The Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said Johnson should stand down as a matter of honour.
“Any normal Prime Minister would – as a matter of honour – tender their resignation after such a unanimous verdict from the UK’s highest court,” he tweeted.
“It is the final straw in a pitiful episode for the country.”
The opposition Liberal Democrats called for Johnson to stand down and make way for a government of national unity.
The prime minister, who is currently in New York meeting world leaders at the UN General Assembly, has yet to issue a statement about the verdict.
He gave a short speech to business leaders in New York, but he addressed the damning Supreme Court ruling at the beginning, according to the CNN.
“There’s been a court case in our country this morning which I think one or two of you may have picked up,” he joked.
“I just want to say to everyone watching back home that for the avoidance of doubt, I have the highest regard for our judiciary,” he went on. “But I must say I strongly disagree with this judgement”
He added that his government will not be deterred from delivering on the “will of the people” and securing Brexit.
And he said “we will need a Queen’s Speech to set out what we are going to do, and I think frankly that is what the people … want to see.”
“My heart lifts when I come to New York,” he added, “court judgements or otherwise,” before beginning his prepared remarks on business.