News | Published August 29 2019

MP’s react to proroguing of parliament

After the Queen consented to prime minster Boris Johnson’s request for the proroguing of parliament yesterday, there have been a range of reactions from MPs across the country.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Leader of the House of Commons, has stated that “there is no constitutional crisis except that caused by those who voted for the referendum, then supported the use of Article 50 and backed the Withdrawal Act.”

The prime minster has denied that the decision is in any way related to the forcing through of a no-deal Brexit.

Diane Abbott, Shadow Home Secretary, has opposed the proroguing of parliament, saying that: “Boris does not represent the people, he’s never represented the people. This is Boris versus the people. And the people are going to fight.”

There has also been opposition to the decision within the Tory party, with Sam Gyimah, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, tweeting that Johnson is “Taking a wrecking ball to the constitution by suspending parliament to avoid scrutiny, is no way to uphold democracy.”

Lord Young, Tory whip in the House of Lords, has tendered his resignation this morning, stating: “As a former leader of the House of Commons in the Coalition Government who restored to the Commons some of the powers it had lost to the Executive, I am very unhappy at the timing and length of the prorogation, and its motivation.”

Ruth Davidson has also resigned as the leader of the Scottish Conservatives this morning, asking colleagues in Westminster “who want to avoid no deal: vote for a deal.”

More than a million people have already signed the petition opposing the prorogation of parliament, with protests taking place across the country yesterday.

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
August 29 2019

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