Brexit rebellion: Remainer MPs turn up in Commons after court rules proroguing illegal

Despite Parliament being prorogued for five weeks, a handful of MPs have returned to Westminster after today’s ruling. Kevin Brennan, a Welsh Labour MP, said on Twitter: 11.30 Wednesday – it should be #pmqs but Parliament illegally prorogued. “I’ve come to the chamber but no sign of the Prime Minister.”

Stephen Doughty, also a Welsh Labour MP, replied: “I’m heading down too, Kevin Brennan.

“Time we all were back instead of blocked from holding this reckless lying government to account. #RecallParliamentNow.”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has demanded Parliament be recalled in light of today’s ruling.

She said: “Today’s Court of Session judgment is of huge constitutional significance – but the immediate political implications are clear.

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“Court says prorogation was unlawful and null and void – so Parliament must be recalled immediately to allow the essential work of scrutiny to continue.”

After quotes attacking the ruling emerged from Downing Street sources, Ms Sturgoen added: “This is pitiful, pathetic and desperate from No10.”

Hilary Benn MP also called for a recall. cpoy

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He said on Twitter: “This is unprecedented. Parliament must now be recalled.”

He also highlighted a possible path for this, sharing a photo of a page form Erskine May – the closest thing Britain has to a written breakdown on its constitution.

Mr Benn said: “Following today’s unprecedented Court of Session judgement that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful, the way to bring Parliament back is for there to be a Royal Proclamation under the 1797 Meeting of Parliament Act.”

Downing Street said the Government will appeal this morning’s court decision. 

A UK Government spokesman said: “We are disappointed by today’s decision, and will appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

“The UK Government needs to bring forward a strong domestic legislative agenda. Proroguing Parliament is the legal and necessary way of delivering this.”

This is a developing story, more to follow…

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