John Bercow Confirms House of Commons will Reconvene

John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, has confirmed that the house must reconvene following the decision in the Supreme Court that Boris Johnson’s advice to the Monarch was “unlawful”.

In a statement, Bercow said:

“I welcome the Supreme Court’s judgement that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful. The judges have rejected the Government’s claim that closing down Parliament for five weeks was merely standard practice to allow for a new Queen’s Speech. In reaching their conclusion, they have vindicated the right and duty of Parliament to meet at this crucial time to scrutinise the executive and hold Ministers to account. As the embodiment of our Parliamentary democracy, the House of Commons must convene without delay. To this end, I will now consult the party leaders as a matter of urgency”.

Ed Miliband, Former Leader of the Opposition, Condemns Prorogation Decision

Ed Miliband, the former Leader of the Opposition, has condemned the Prime Minister’s decision to ask for the prorogation of Parliament. In a statement the Labour MP for Doncaster North said that the decision was “an attempted coup against our democracy”.

He said:

“Suspending parliament to prevent the expression of the will of elected representatives is what autocrats and dictators do. This attempted coup against our democracy to impose a no deal Brexit cannot be allowed to stand.”