Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2019

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday his plans to implement an extended suspension of Parliament ahead of the Queen’s Speech on October 14, which will effectively limit the time MPs have to try to block a no deal .The move sparked fury among many MPs, with those trying to stop a no deal Brexit branding the decision a “constitutional outrage”. Speaking on Sky News, host Adam Boulton suggested the campaigner, who won a High Court case against the Government over the involvement of Parliament in Britain’s departure from the bloc, had been “outfoxed” by Number 10.

He said: “Again to a certain extent you have been outfoxed again by Downing Street on this. When Jacob Ress-Mogg says it is perfectly normal to have a fresh session of Parliament, it is.

“Particularly when two other factors are relevant, one we have had a change of Prime Minister, and two, as you know, we have had a abnormally long session stretching to two and a half years.

“Isn’t there a need to refresh the direction of the Government through a Queen’s speech?”

Ms Miller replied: “We are not disputing that, what we are saying is this abnormal time of five weeks will have the effect of limiting Parliament’s ability to pass legislation against no deal which is what Parliament has expressed and a growing number of MPs are expressing they wish to do. To ensure no deal doesn’t damage our country.

“This is not about leaving, this is about no deal.”

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The Sky presenter replied: “Yes, but again, the stated position of the Government as we heard yesterday in the letter to MPs from Boris Johnson is that his intention is not to get no deal. He wishes to get a deal and he has created time, or the Government has created time within the Parliamentary agenda for MPs to approve that deal, or not to approve it with no deal within the Parliamentary timetable. MPs are not being denied a say”.

Ms Miller insisted that was “not true”. She said: “The timetable is such that it will hamper MPs.

“There are a growing number of MPs and lawyers and people with a different opinion who don’t think that is true, they think there won’t be enough time to bring in legislation if that’s what MPs choose to do.

“We can’t tell MPs what they wish to do, they just need to have the time to be able to explore all the options. Until we have a different system we are a Parliamentary democracy.”

Barrister Tom Hickman tweeted that campaigner Ms Miller “has issued proceedings to challenge prorogation. Mishcon de Reya, Lord Pannick QC, Warren Fitt and me acting”.

Speaking to BBC News, Ms Miller said the Prime Minister was “hijacking the Queen’s prerogative power” and using it for “unscrupulous means”.

She added: “I think that is what is so shocking about this, is that its a very cowardly way of using these powers and constitutional convention.

“Our unwritten constitution is a bit like a gentleman’s agreement, and you have to say it’s not been used in that manner.”

It comes just a day after the Prime Minister announced the move to extend the suspension of Parliament ahead of the Queen’s Speech on October 14.

Mr Johnson insisted it was “completely untrue” that he would deny time to MPs to debate Britain’s departure from the EU.

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He said: “There will be ample time on both sides of that crucial October 17 Summit in Parliament for MPs to debate the EU, Brexit and all the other issues.”

The decision came after opposition parties met and hinted they would do everything in their power to try to block a no deal exit from the Brussels bloc.

Campaigners against a no deal Brexit accused the Prime Minister of “trashing the constitution” after the Government’s plans to prorogue Parliament in the lead-up to the October 31 Brexit deadline.

Mr Rees-Mogg insisted the move was not intended to limit the time available for MPs to debate Brexit but will allow the Government to tackle other issues.

He said: “I think the outrage is phoney and it is created by people who don’t want us to leave the European Union and are trying very hard to overturn the referendum result and don’t want the benefits of leaving the European Union.”

He added: “Parliament wasn’t going to be sitting for most of this time anyway. This is completely constitutional and proper.”



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