Prorogation

On Monday Parliament was prorogued, or suspended, for five weeks thanks to this Prime Minister and his Government of hard-wing Brexiteers ⬇️👇Parliament had just one week to push through legislation stopping us from falling off the cliff edge into a disastrous no-deal Brexit on the 31st October, a week that saw Boris Johnson and his Government lose six parliamentary votes in as many days and twenty-one Tory MPs. Now his decision to prorogue Parliament is being taken to the supreme court after it emerged that he may have misled the Queen. Find out more about what this means below.

Posted by Maria Eagle MP on Friday, September 13, 2019

The PM has outrageously decided to prorogue Parliament to prevent MPs taking steps to stop him crashing the UK out of the EU with no deal on 31 October. This is in spite of him suggesting that he was unlikely to resort to such an abuse of the prerogative power during his campaign to be selected as leader of the Tory party. He has shown himself yet again to be a pathological liar, a charlatan and a chancer willing to trash our constitution. Half his cabinet said it would be an undemocratic abuse to prorogue Parliament in the middle of this national crisis just a few weeks ago, though they have hypocritically gone silent now. The lot of them should be ashamed.

Parliament had just one week after summer recess to push through legislation stopping us from falling off the cliff edge into a disastrous no-deal Brexit on the 31st October, a week that saw Boris Johnson and his Government lose six parliamentary votes in as many days as well as twenty-one Tory MPs. Now his decision to prorogue Parliament is being taken to the supreme court after it emerged that he may have misled the Queen.

The PM and the Government have no majority and no mandate for this Brexit policy and Parliament has a duty to do all it can to prevent the damaging and ideological no-deal Brexit they are now actively pursuing. This is an abuse of the prerogative power to prorogue. The power is usually used to stop Parliament sitting for a few days, in consultation through the usual channels and with House authorities, to mark the end of one Parliamentary session and the beginning of another, with a legislative programme being set out in a Queens Speech. However, a five week prorogation at a time of grave national crisis, with the nation divided and with no majority in Parliament for the policy the Government is hell bent on pursuing is clearly designed to prevent Parliament from having its rightful say in the future course of the UK.

I and the Labour Party are pledged to do all we can to stop no-deal Brexit and to thwart this cynical, undemocratic and unconstitutional behaviour by the PM. Parliament must and will have its say. I will do all in my power to make sure that it does.

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