Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has responded to the the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling that Boris Johnson, & his government, unlawfully prorogued parliament.
“…He as acted unlawfully, tried to silence Parliament, tried to silence the voices of the people because he does not want to be held to account…”
The Supreme Court’s Lady Hale announced that Boris Johnson’s controversial decision was “void and of no effect”, adding: “Parliament has not been prorogued.”
Liberal Democrat MPs are now preparing to return to parliament, which is expected to resume sitting tomorrow.
Full Statement from the Liberal Democrat Press Office:
Jo Swinson: Parliament should be sitting so we can question PM
Responding to the Supreme Court ruling that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks was unlawful, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:
The court have found what we all knew all along, Boris Johnson has again proven he is not fit to be Prime Minister.
This shutdown was an unlawful act designed to stop Parliament doing its job and holding the Government to account Given this verdict, Parliament should be sitting so that we can continue to question the Conservative Government on their disastrous Brexit plans.
This verdict has been unanimously agreed by experienced judges who have considered the case on its merits, acting as impartial guardians of our democratic system. The rule of law is an important pillar of our democracy, and those looking to use this opportunity as an excuse to attack these judges would be not only attacking thorn, but also the entire principle of our legal system.
It remains the Liberal Democrats priority to stop no-deal Brexit and to stop Brexit altogether.