Remainer ‘conspiracy’ plot: Fury at Grieve after demands for No10 phones
Dominic Grieve is leading a group of Remainer MPs who are demanding Government officials give them access to their personal mobile phones to find out private information about the Prime Minister’s Brexit plans. The MPs were reportedly attempting to prove Boris Johnson suspended Parliament to avoid facing opposition over Brexit. Parliament voted 311 to 302 in favour of telling advisers at Number 10 to share WhatsApp, Facebook and text messages by 11pm tonight. They also wanted ministers to release their secret Operation Yellowhammer No Deal documents.
Ministers are not backing down over their personal details being handed out.
When asked what would happen if the government did not give out the relevant material, Mr Grieve told MailOnline: “I hope they go away and weigh up the implications very carefully.
“We will cross that bridge if we get to it.”
But a government source reportedly told Mail Online: “Dominic Grieve can f*** off.”
Government lawyers are said to be looking at whether advisers will have to grant access to their private messages.
Attorney General Geoffrey Cox yesterday asked whether the government had the “legal right” to “require their employees to give up private email accounts and personal mobile numbers”.
The plan came about as MPs do not believe Mr Johnson’s claim that he wanted to prorogue Parliament for five weeks so the government could prepare a raft of new domestic legislation.
They say it actually to stop MPs asking “tough questions” about the government’s Brexit strategy.
Mr Grieve’s motion called for “all correspondence and other communications” among a named list of aides since July 23 this year on the subject of prorogation to be handed over.
This includes messages sent using “WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Facebook messenger, private email accounts both encrypted and unencrypted, text messaging and iMessage and the use of both official and personal mobile phones”.
The aides named included Mr Johnson’s most senior adviser Dominic Cummings, as well as Nikki da Costa, who is Number 10’s director of legislative affairs.
It also called for the Government to publish “all the documents prepared… since 23 July 2019 relating to Operation Yellowhammer”.
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Leaked extracts suggested No Deal would lead to border chaos and shortages of food and medicine.
Downing Street said the government would provide Parliament with ‘relevant information’ but would not commit to sticking to the deadline set by MPs.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We have said we will consider the implications of the vote and respond in due course and I am not going to preempt that response.
“I would remind you that the scope of the information requested in the Humble Address is both disproportionate and unprecedented.
“The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster [Michael Gove] spoke at length about this yesterday and he has already said that we want and intend to publish a revised Yellowhammer document.”
Meanwhile, Scotland’s highest court of appeal ruled today that Mr Johnson’s decision to suspend the British parliament this week for five weeks was unlawful and should be annulled.
Parliament was prorogued – suspended – on Monday until October 14 in a move opponents argued was designed to stop their attempts to scrutinise his plans for leaving the European Union and allow him to push through a no-deal Brexit on October 31.
Joanna Cherry, the Scottish National Party lawmaker who led the challenge, told Sky News: “You cannot break the law with impunity, Boris Johnson.
“We are calling for parliament to be recalled immediately.”
Mr Johnson’s office said the government would appeal to the Supreme Court, the highest judicial body in the United Kingdom.
It was not immediately clear what effect the ruling would have.
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