As widely reported (e.g. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-57413115) the UK Government was found to have acted illegally in awarding a contract to associates of Michael Gove (the minister who signed off the contract, though I don't think that was part of the reason for it being ruled illegal).

What are the consequences of this ruling? Is the Government free to break this sort of law without having to behave differently?

And what would “convention” say on this? Was there a time when the minister responsible for the illegal acts would have been expected to resign?

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