The advice from Chakrabarti, a barrister, was commissioned by Labour after leaked emails showed No 10 had sought the counsel of Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general, on whether a five-week prorogation from 9 September might be possible to avoid a confidence vote and help enable a no-deal Brexit. … [Read more...] about Brexit: shutting down parliament ‘gravest abuse of power in living memory’
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The former justice secretary David Gauke said it was a dangerous precedent and suggested Conservative MPs should look at the wider perspective. “Put to one side your views of a no-deal Brexit. Imagine that Jeremy Corbyn is PM, pursuing a policy that is unpopular in parliament and in the country. At a crucial moment he finds a way to evade parliamentary scrutiny for several weeks,” he tweeted. … [Read more...] about Corbyn demands talks with Queen over plan to suspend parliament
“A government which is frightened of parliament is frightened of democracy. I hope that every member of parliament, in feeling this humiliation, will use every legal and constitutional weapon to obstruct a government proposing to force on the British people a historic change for which they have long since lost any mandate,” Lord Heseltine said. … [Read more...] about MPs call for drastic action against prorogation of parliament