Boris Johnson’s ‘unlawful’ decision to prorogue Parliament could be considered treason, according to Piers Morgan.
As soon as the Supreme Court delivered its verdict that the new PM had lied to the Queen, there were calls for him to quit.
The charge was led by Piers Morgan, who said centuries ago Mr Johnson would have been taken to the Tower of London where he would have been hung, drawn and quartered.
He tweeted: ‘Boris has told a lot of lies in his life, but lying to the Queen may prove a lie too far.
‘In the old days, he’d have been taken straight to the Tower.’
Before the devastating ruling that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful, the former Tory Attorney General Dominic Grieve had warned that Mr Johnson’s position would be ‘untenable’ if the court ruled against him.
He said: ‘It is absolutely central to our constitution that the relationship between the Prime Minister and the Queen is one of the utmost confidentiality and the utmost good faith.
‘If it were to be the case that the Government had misled the Queen about the reasons for suspending Parliament and the motives for it – that would be a very serious matter indeed.
‘Indeed in my view, it would then be the moment for Mr Johnson to resign – and very swiftly.’
The Supreme Court ruled that Mr Johnson’s advice to the Queen to suspended Parliament until October 14 was unlawful.
His opponents said it was done with a ‘contempt for democracy’ and designed to prevent scrutiny of Brexit and force a no-deal at the end of next month.
All 11 judges at the Supreme Court agreed that the five-week suspension, which had to be given the green light by the Queen, was unlawful.
Theirs is the final ruling after cases brought in Edinburgh by SNP Joanna Cherry and in London by businesswoman Gina Miller, who was joined by former Tory Prime Minister Sir John Major.
In her ruling, Lady Hale said: ‘This Court has already concluded that the Prime Minister’s advice to Her Majesty was unlawful, void and of no effect.
‘This means that the Order in Council to which it led was also unlawful, void and of no effect and should be quashed.
‘This means that when the Royal Commissioners walked into the House of Lords it was as if they walked in with a blank sheet of paper.
‘The prorogation was also void and of no effect. Parliament has not been prorogued.
‘This is the unanimous judgment of all 11 Justices.’
Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNPs and the Green Party have all called on the PM to go.
Jeremy Corbyn spoke at the party conference in Brighton, saying he needed to consider his position.
Mr Corbyn’s deputy Tom Watson – who disagrees with his leader over the party’s Brexit stance – seconded the call, tweeting: ‘Boris Johnson must resign.’
Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said Mr Johnson was ‘not fit to be Prime Minister.’
Ms Cherry called it a ‘momentous decision’ while Ms Miller added: ‘The ruling today speaks volumes.
‘This Prime Minister must open the doors of Parliament tomorrow.
‘MPs must get back and be brave and bold in holding this unscrupulous Government to account.’
Before the ruling, Mr Johnson vowed to stay in his position and shrugged off repeated questions by journalists on the issue.
He is currently in New York, so has yet to comment on the ruling although Downing Street sources called it an ‘extraordinary judgement’.
Speaker John Bercow has demanded all MPs return to Parliament tomorrow morning, so the PM could have to jump onto a plane and head home to London.
Mr Johnson has been the Prime Minister for just 62 days and if he did quit, it would make his tenure as leader the shortest in history.
So far, he has also lost all the motions he has attempted to get through the House of Commons – a feat never managed before by a PM.
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