Statement on Supreme Court Judgment

I’m pleased that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Prime Minister’s prorogation was unlawful, and that Parliament will return to scrutinise the actions of the Government.  The Supreme Court must uphold the law without fear or favour, even on matters as controversial as this.

To suspend Parliament at a time of national crisis was an unprecedented and desperate tactic.  It denied MPs the chance to scrutinise the Government’s policy and forced Parliament to back a law opposing no deal which saw the whip withdrawn from 21 Conservative MPs.

Now is the time to move from the courts to Parliament and for politicians to get on with our job – making a decision on Brexit and moving on to focus on the other issues that affect everyone’s day-to-day lives.  If politicians cannot make such a decision on Brexit, then the choice must be put back to the people through a second referendum.