Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:40

BLACKFORD TO PM: "RECALL PARLIAMENT IMMEDIATELY"

BORIS JOHNSON TOLD HE "MUST ABIDE BY THE RULE OF LAW"

The SNP has written to Boris Johnson demanding he recall Parliament immediately - following today's judgement in Scotland’s Court of Session that the prorogation of Parliament is “unlawful” and that the prorogation is thus “null and of no effect”.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Speaker John Bercow and all opposition leaders, Ian Blackford MP said Mr Johnson "must abide by the rule of law" - telling the Tory leader "every day that Parliament remains suspended, you and the UK Government are shutting down democracy".

The SNP Westminster Leader added "if Parliament continues to be frustrated, the message from 10 Downing Street to people across the UK – is that the government is above the law and that the Prime Minister can unilaterally decide our futures. That is an extremely dangerous situation."

Copy of Ian Blackford MP's letter:

Dear Prime Minister

Following today’s judgement in Scotland’s Court of Session that your advice to HM the Queen and the prorogation of Parliament is “unlawful” and that the prorogation is thus “null and of no effect” it is absolutely imperative that you now act to recall Parliament.

Every day that Parliament remains suspended, you and the UK Government are shutting down democracy. The UK Government and your office of Prime Minister are not above the law. We must all abide by the rule of law.

Parliament has urgent business to discuss this week including the yellowhammer documents you are due to provide to the House this evening and to fail to recall parliament would be, as the courts have stated, to “stymie parliamentary scrutiny of the executive”.

If Parliament continues to be frustrated, the message from 10 Downing Street to people across the UK – is that the government is above the law and that the Prime Minister can unilaterally decide our futures. That is an extremely dangerous situation.

I note that the UK Government intends to appeal the case next week, but that does not provide any reason for you to obstruct the right of Parliament to sit from today until the outcome of that hearing and to make our own decisions on whether or not to observe the conference recess. 

As Prime Minister you owe people across these countries a full response and explanation for your actions. The best way to deliver that explanation is to recall Parliament immediately.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely

Ian Blackford MP

Cc:  John Bercow, The Speaker
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party
Jo Swinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Liz Saville Roberts, Westminster Leader of Plaid Cymru
Caroline Lucas, Westminster Leader of the Green Party
Anna Soubry, Change UK

PDF copy of letter: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/4fae14f57a18ee08253ffc251/files/9c73461e-8d3a-47b5-878a-d1d68e30c6a8/11_09_19_Recall_Request.pdf

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