JUSTICE secretary Robert Buckland reacted to a Scottish court ruling that proroguing Parliament was unlawful.

The South Swindon MP said on Twitter: "Our judges are renowned around the world for their excellence and impartiality and I have total confidence in their independence in every case."

Mr Buckland would not comment further when asked.

Three judges at the Court of Session found in favour of a cross-party group of 78 politicians who challenged the prime minister.

They ruled that Boris Johnson advising the Queen that Parliament should be prorogued for five weeks "was unlawful because it had the purpose of stymying Parliament".

A summary of the ruling said: "The principal reasons for the prorogation were to prevent or impede Parliament holding the executive to account and legislating with regard to Brexit, and to allow the executive to pursue a policy of a no deal Brexit without further Parliamentary interference."

This decision overturns an earlier ruling which said that Mr Johnson had not broken the law. The government plans to appeal to the Supreme Court in London.