Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suffered yet another blow after an Appeals Court in Scotland delivered a scathing indictment of his decision to prorogue Parliament.
"The court will accordingly make an order declaring that the Prime Minister's advice to HM the Queen and the prorogation which followed thereon was unlawful and is thus null and of no effect," the judges said in part.
This comes after scores of legislators left the governing Conservative Party in protest of the decision to bring parliamentary sessions to an end.
There were also resignations by some members of the cabinet with the latest being Amber Rudd amid fears that there will be even more resignations.
Mr Johnson has battled strong accusations that his decision to prorogue Parliament was designed to prevent lawmakers from weighing in the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.
Lord Brodie, one of the three judges who ruled the prorogation was unlawful, agreed with the cross-party group of legislators behind the legal challenge that the PM sought to prevent parliament from holding the executive to account.
"This was an egregious case of a clear failure to comply with generally accepted standards of behaviour of public authorities," Lord Brodie said.