Despite Parliament being prorogued for five weeks, a handful of MPs have returned to Westminster after today’s ruling. Kevin Brennan, a Welsh Labour MP, said on Twitter: 11.30 Wednesday – it should be #pmqs but Parliament illegally prorogued. “I’ve come to the chamber but no sign of the Prime Minister.”
Stephen Doughty, also a Welsh Labour MP, replied: “I’m heading down too, Kevin Brennan.
“Time we all were back instead of blocked from holding this reckless lying government to account. #RecallParliamentNow.”
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has demanded Parliament be recalled in light of today’s ruling.
She said: “Today’s Court of Session judgment is of huge constitutional significance – but the immediate political implications are clear.
“Court says prorogation was unlawful and null and void – so Parliament must be recalled immediately to allow the essential work of scrutiny to continue.”
After quotes attacking the ruling emerged from Downing Street sources, Ms Sturgoen added: “This is pitiful, pathetic and desperate from No10.”
Hilary Benn MP also called for a recall.
He said on Twitter: “This is unprecedented. Parliament must now be recalled.”
He also highlighted a possible path for this, sharing a photo of a page form Erskine May – the closest thing Britain has to a written breakdown on its constitution.
Mr Benn said: “Following today’s unprecedented Court of Session judgement that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful, the way to bring Parliament back is for there to be a Royal Proclamation under the 1797 Meeting of Parliament Act.”
This is a developing story, more to follow…
Published at Wed, 11 Sep 2019 11:37:00 +0000