September 24, 2019 / 11:22 AM / 3 months ago

Johnson acting like a 'tin-pot dictator', says Labour's top lawyer

MP Shami Chakrabarti leaves the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom for a lunch break, during the hearing of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to prorogue parliament, in London, Britain September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has behaved like a “tin-pot dictator”, the top legal adviser for the main opposition Labour Party said on Tuesday, after the country’s Supreme Court ruled he had acted unlawfully by suspending parliament.

“Boris Johnson has been called out today by the Supreme Court, the highest court in these islands. He has behaved like a tin-pot dictator,” Shami Chakrabarti said in a statement.

“Boris Johnson needs to reflect on this judgment and consider his position.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and William James

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