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MPs demand parliament to be recalled after court ruling

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
11th Sep 19 12:16 pm

MPs are demanding that parliament should be recalled after the Inner House, of the supreme civil court ruled that the prorogation of parliament was “unlawful” and “improper” by three senior judges on Wednesday.

Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary said parliament should be recalled this afternoon.

Speaking to the BBC Sir Keir said, “Most people didn’t believe Boris Johnson, but for the courts to find he has unlawfully shut down parliament and that his motive wasn’t the one he said it was? That’s very powerful.

“I call on him to recall parliament. Let’s get it back open, and sitting this afternoon and tomorrow, so we can debate what happens next and we can debate this judgement.”

Speaking to Sky News Sir Keir said, “Across the country I don’t think many people actually believe the prime minister when he said this was just for a Queen’s Speech.

“But for a court to say that the documents really point one way and that they undermine his case to a point where they’ve ruled him unlawful, that’s an incredibly powerful thing for them to have done.”

“We need to be back in parliament doing our job, at the very least looking at this judgement and deciding collectively what should happen next.”

Joanna Cherry QC, SNP MP told the BBC that MPs “have lost about 10 days of Parliamentary time… so we in the SNP are calling for parliament to be resumed.

“We think parliament should go back and get on with the job of scrutinising this government, looking at what they’re up to.”

She added, “We have uncovered more and more evidence that this was a plot by Boris Johnson and his cronies to prevent us from stopping them taking Scotland and the UK off a Brexit cliff edge by forcing through a damaging no-deal against the will of parliament.

“This ruling takes us one step closer to ensuring the UK government cancels their shameful prorogation and blatant plot to force through an extreme Brexit. Boris Johnson cannot be allowed to break the law with impunity.”

A spokesperson for Speaker of the House of Commons said, “Any decision to accelerate the meeting of parliament during prorogation is a matter for the government.”

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