Published On: Sun, Sep 1st, 2019

Brexit news: McDonnell confronted over Labour’s stance on Queen’s speech | UK | News

Boris Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament and have a new Queen’s Speech was confirmed by the Queen’s Privy Council on Wednesday. The move was met with backlash from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who backed those taking to the streets in protest as he said it will “strengthen” the party’s work. However, Labour’s Shadow Commons Leader Valerie Vaz called for a Queen’s Speech towards the start of summer this year, and a specific date for a new parliamentary session.

Sky News presenter Stephen Dixon confronted Labour’s John McDonnell on the comment, remarking he’s “got his Queen’s Speech now” and it is “all in place”.

Speaking on Ridge on Sunday, Mr Dixon questioned: “Prorogation is a part of setting up a new Parliament, a part of making sure that a Queen’s Speech can be delivered.

“In May your Shadow Leader of the Commons Valerie Vaz made it very clear that she and the Party were very unhappy that you hadn’t had a Queen’s Speech. And very confused there was no specific date for a new session.

“‘I do not know of any other Government being run like this’, she said. You’ve got your Queen’s Speech now, it’s all in place. Why aren’t you happy with it?”

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The Shadow Chancellor replied: “Look, nobody believes that this is the normal process of Parliament.

“Of course what you normally have is prorogation, you have a week off, maybe 10 days something like that then you have the Queen’s Speech, and that would be the normal running of Parliament. This isn’t about a normal running of Parliament.

“And to be honest, Conservative MPs who come on the media and Boris Johnson in particular, I think are insulting the intelligence of the British people if they think we’re going to fall for that.

“You said yourself Ben Wallace, the Conservative minister, ‘let the cat out of the bag’, this is because they haven’t got a majority in Parliament for this particular vote.

“So like a dictator what Boris Johnson is doing, ‘I’m going to close down Parliament because Parliament might vote against me.’”

Chaos erupted earlier this week in Westminster after the Queen approved Mr Johnson’s request to prorogue Parliament after the Prime Minister stepped up his plans for a no deal Brexit.

The Prime Minister sparked panic among Remainers after he confirmed he asked the Queen, who is currently in Balmoral, to agree to suspend Parliament days after MPs have returned to work next week.


The Privy Council met at Balmoral on Wednesday to discuss Mr Johnson’s new administration holding a Queen’s Speech on October 14.

In a letter to MPs outlining his Government’s plans, Mr Johnson denied it was to force through a no deal Brexit and said he was bringing forward a “bold and ambitious domestic legislative agenda” which MPs would be able to vote on in October.

Speaking in Glasgow on Saturday, Mr Corbyn warned the chances of stopping Mr Johnson’s no deal Brexit in its tracks are reducing to “almost zero”.

The Labour leader said: “Yes, it is the chance and we will do absolutely everything we can to prevent a no-deal Brexit and the Prime Minister taking us into the hands of Donald Trump and a trade deal with the USA.

“It’s a smash and grab raid against democracy. We will do a ­legislative option next Tuesday to prevent leaving the EU without a deal. It would be catastrophic for jobs.”

Anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible has planned 32 #StopTheCoup protests to take place in England, Scotland and Wales.

Labour’s group Momentum is calling on its members to “occupy bridges and blockade roads” in conjunction with unrest on the streets.

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