Valerie Vaz writes to the Leader of the House to call for Parliament to be recalled
Valerie Vaz MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons has today called for Parliament to be recalled
Writing to the government’s Leader of the House, Jacob Rees Mogg, following the ruling of the Scottish Inner House of the Court of Session that prorogation was unlawful, Valerie Vaz said:
“In light of today’s judgement that the government misled the Queen and that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful, and null and of no effect, please confirm that Parliament will be recalled without delay.”
The full text of the letter is below:
Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
Leader of the House of Commons
House of Commons
I am writing following the ruling of the Scottish Inner House of the Court of Session on 11 September 2019. I am enclosing a copy of the summary of the Judgment from the official Judiciary of Scotland website (Encl.).
At paragraph 6 of the Judgment, it states that:
“All three First Division judges have decided that the Prime Minister’s advice to the HM the Queen is justiciable, that it was motivated by the improper purpose of stymying Parliament and that it, and what has followed from it, is unlawful”.
Paragraph 11 of the Judgment states that:
“The Court will accordingly make an Order declaring that the Prime Minister’s advice to HM the Queen and the prorogation which followed thereon was unlawful and is thus null and of no effect.”
Notwithstanding the Court’s view that prorogation is null and of no effect, I refer to Paragraph 8.11 of Erskine May and its footnotes which provide the precedent for the acceleration of the meeting of Parliament during prorogation, pursuant to the Meeting of Parliament Act 1797, as amended by the Meeting of Parliament Act 1870 and the Parliament (Elections and Meeting) Act 1943.
Therefore, in light of today’s Judgment that the Government misled HM the Queen and that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful and, null and of no effect, please confirm that Parliament will be recalled without delay.
I would be grateful for a response by midday on 12 September 2019.
Valerie Vaz MP