Published On: Wed, Aug 28th, 2019

Brexit news: Kate Hoey praises Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament | Politics | News

Ms Hoey, a committed Brexiteer, was speaking after the Queen’s Privy Council approved Mr Johnson’s request. As a result, Parliament will be suspending in the second week of September, with a Queen’s Speech on October 14 – just 17 days before Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union. 

Ms Hoey, Labour MP for Tooting, told “The whole world is going bananas, as if it’s the greatest crisis ever.

“It’s important to remind people that Parliament voted not to sit from September 12 to October 9 anyway.

“There is nothing constitutionality strange about this.

“It’s also important to note that those who are claiming there is exactly the same members of Parliament who have used every unconstitutional way they can think of to try and block Brexit over the last three years.”

Ms Hoey said she had tried to warn Labour colleagues previously that any attempt by Parliament to take control of the process of Brexit would come back to haunt the party.

She added: “The thing is this has been a very long Parliamentary session.


However, she did reiterate that she would not be standing for the Labour Party again.

Last year, her Constituency Labour Party passed a motion calling for the Labour whip to be withdrawn from Hoey, who has defied the whip and voted with the Government on a number of occasions in respect of Brexit legislation, and calling for her to become ineligible to be a future Labour Party parliamentary candidate.

However, she said: “I don’t think the Government would really like a general election before this whole Brexit business has been settled, nor do I think anyone else would actually.

“I really don’t see this as a constitutional crisis – it’s just common sense really.”

Speaking earlier this month, Ms Hoey blamed the EU for the Brexit deadlock and urged Mr Johnson to refuse further talks with Brussels unless the “entire” withdrawal agreement is re-opened.

She told “The reaction from the European Union to the letter from the UK Prime Minister ruling out any backstop shows that they still do not believe that we will Leave on October 31st without a withdrawal agreement.

“I would urge Boris Johnson to make it crystal clear to the German Chancellor and the French President when he meets them this week that the patience of the British people is running out.”

Ms Hoey added: “There is no support in Parliament for the backstop and he should tell them that the 17.4 million people who voted Leave back his determination to stick to his promise that we will Leave on October 31 come what may.

“I would also urge him not to waste any more time in discussions with the EU until they are prepared to re-open the entire Withdrawal agreement.”

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