Boris Johnson should have final say on Parliament suspension NOT courts says Express poll

Boris Johnson should have final say on Parliament suspension NOT courts says Express poll

More than half of those who took part in the survey said the decision to suspend the Commons should be taken by the Government. A total of 13,683 people responded to the poll and 7,771 (57 percent) backed Mr Johnson’s controversial move to halt proceeding for five weeks ahead of the October 31 Brexit deadline.

The poll found 4,033 (30 percent) thought the Queen – who approved Boris’ plan last month – should have the power to over-rule the Prime Minister when it came to the prorogation of Parliament.

But only 783 respondents (5 percent) believed MPs should be involved in making the decision and 948 (7 percent) reckoned it was a matter for the Supreme Court. Just 148 people (1 percent) ticked don’t know.

A Supreme Court hearing to decide if Mr Johnson acted legally when he prorogued Parliament is under way in London.

Three senior Scottish judges ruled his decision was unlawful in a landmark case last week after three English judges sitting in the High Court had earlier concluded the length of the prorogation was “purely political” and not a matter for the courts.

Eleven Supreme Court judges are now being called up to give a final ruling.

Prorogation is the end of a parliamentary session brought about other than by the dissolution of Parliament before a general election.

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Mr Johnson advised the Queen on August 28 to prorogue Parliament for five weeks and it was suspended on September 9.

The Prime Minister insists the suspension is to allow the Government to set out a new legislative agenda in a Queen’s Speech when MPs return to Parliament on October 14.

But those challenging his decision argue that it is designed to prevent parliamentary scrutiny of the UK’s impending exit from the EU on October 31.

A smaller number of pro-Brexit demonstrators also gathered outside the historic building on Parliament Square.

The poll went live on September 17 at 11.30am and closed at 9pm

This latest poll follows an earlier poll in which readers overwhelming backed Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament.

The poll, which went live on the Express website the day the Queen granted Mr Johnson’s plan to prorogue parliament, was supported by 89 percent of the 16,279 respondents

At the time, one reader commented: “Of course it’s right. Otherwise this thing could drag on for years.”

Another said: “Yes, Boris is entirely correct to prorogue our rogue Parliament, which descended into mass hysteria and is defying the will of the people in the referendum that it ordered.

“The people’s vote must be respected. We must leave the EU on 31 October.”

Published at Tue, 17 Sep 2019 20:34:00 +0000