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As the Supreme Court considers vital questions to protect our parliamentary democracy, I found a tearful woman at the feet of Sir Winston Churchill...
#Prorogation #ProrogationCase
This statue of one of Britain’s most famous parliamentarians and Prime Ministers stands in his old constituency, Woodford, on the edge of the green. It’s still well-respected by local people
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodford_…
As I drove past saw the flicker of a flame in the evening light. I pulled over and walked across the green.
A woman stood by candles she had lit at Churchill’s feet, paying her respects, and she was a little tearful. She introduced herself as Isis...
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THREAD I have been wading through the full judgment from Scotland's highest civil court, the Court of Session, on the prorogation of parliament this evening (with assistance, as you can see). Here are some points I think are interesting. #Prorogation #TheNine
First, what is this all about? A group of parliamentarians led by @joannaccherry of the SNP wanted to stop the prorogation (suspension) of parliament, which has now taken effect, arguing that it was unlawfully designed to stymie parliamentary debate on Brexit.
As it happened the High Court in London has rejected a similar case but one argument made by the petitioners in Edinburgh (that is, Ms Cherry and co) was that Scotland (which has its own legal system pre-dating the 1707 union with England) had different law in this matter.
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Here’s the full jmnt in #Cherry.

From a skim, it’s a damning assessment of the PM. No matter what the findings on justiciability next week, surely he must resign.

Court finds prorogation was mooted specifically as a means to stymie any further legislation regulating Brexit.
Lord Brodie: Procedural manoeuvres are the stuff of politics, whether conducted in plmnt or lesser bodies. However, when the manoeuvre is quite so blatantly designed ‘to frustrate plmnt’ at such a critical juncture in UK history, the court may legitimately find it to be unlawful.
If you want to skip straight to some key paragraphs, go to [53]-[60], [91], [123]-[124].

More once I’ve read it properly.
#Cherry #prorogation
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There were 3 big revelations yesterday in UK politics (11/9/19).

With so much going on it’s easy to get distracted by just 1, but I argue these 3 must be considered together and what they add up to (THREAD).

This goes right to the heart of #Brexit and what is really going on.
The following revelations came to light on 11/9/19:
1) Operation #Yellowhammer document was published
2) Currency speculation with the Pound being shorted post 31st Oct, betting on Brexit happening on schedule and Sterling crashing.
3) Three judges ruled #Prorogation unlawful.
1) Operation #Yellowhammer document was published.

See excellent commentary from @lewis_goodall. Clearly #brexit by the governments own analysis would be deeply damaging in many ways. And there is wide suspicion this isn’t the worst case scenario.

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More chalked comments seen in a Northern city. Has the #GraffitiGranny of #Wakefield inspired Chalksy of Lancaster?

"Let's bin Brexit"

#Chalksy #LancasterChalksy #RebelAlliance #JustMakeItStop
2) Spotted tonight on my way home:

"Brexit is building walls not bridges"

#LancasterChalksy #StopTheCoup
#MoreInCommon #HeartsNotHate
3) Another message seen on some steps near the river:

"Brexit is wrong on so many levels"

#LancasterChalksy #StopBrexit JustMakeItStop #BrexitShambles
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Absolutely amazing scenes from #parliament's #prorogation
1. Only a dozen govt peers, and no opposition, turn up for ceremony in the #Lords
2. Placard-waving protests at the Speaker's Chair in the #Commons
3. Speaker John Bercow says "This is not a standard or normal prorogation.... it is an act of executive fiat" and reluctantly agrees to process to the #Lords
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John Bercow gets a standing ovation on returning to the HOC #Prorogation
Reads the official stuff in the most miserable voice possible.
Opposition lines up to shake the Speaker's hand on the way out...
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When Parliament can’t do its job it has negative impacts on real people. This was a critical session for the rights of EU citizens where important evidence was to be given; now it won’t take place. Shame on you @BorisJohnson. This is not what a democracy looks like. #Prorogation
UPDATE — I’m glad to hear this. I would reiterate my principle point though. The proroguing of Parliament simply isn’t acceptable.
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Official statement on #prorogation:

Volt UK resolutely condemns the decision of the unelected British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to prorogue Parliament, denying the elected representatives of the British people the time to debate viable options to solve the crisis. (1/5)
Johnson’s attempt to silence Parliament goes against the spirit of our democracy. It comes at a time when it is more important than ever that our elected representatives have the opportunity to hold the Government to account and make sure our voices are heard. (2/5)
Volt UK is part of a pan-European movement. We believe that democracy is strengthened when its citizens are empowered. (3/5)
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THREAD – Don’t cry remainers. YOU did this to yourselves – and to the rest of us!

#Prorogation and #Brexit have been in almost every headline over the past couple of days. In my view, the very people who are crying about this are among those who are to blame for this whole mess.
As soon as we had voted for #Brexit in 2016, work began to overturn the result and it has been going on ever since. All sorts of allegations were made against the leave side, most of which were thrown out of court.
The substance has been kicked out of several anti #Brexit arguments by the courts, yet they are continuously used against Brexiteers. It’s not just the outcome of the 2016 referendum that the undemocratic remainers can’t accept. They can’t even accept court rulings!
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OK, some further thoughts on #Prorogation, given my thread on Wednesday has been widely retweeted by ardent Brexiteers and No-Dealers. The following may not be quite so much the their liking...
My initial tweet (the most Retweeted) said it “seems” to be the normal brief Prorogation before a new session. When the Order in Council was published it emerged it was not as brief as is normal. This is undeniable, and significant.
Suggesting this is therefore a routine and unremarkable Prorogation is clearly untrue. It is unusual, remarkable, and understandably controversial. This does not make it unconstitutional, illegal or a “coup”. Governments have the right to do misguided and even outrageous things.
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#FridayFeeling #FridayThoughts #FridayMotivation

It's Friday. Let's have some fun and get to know our foes in this Rogue Government's Cabinet a little better.

#StopTheCoup
First up, the PM & aspiring dictator, selected by 0.13% of the population, but who hasn't yet faced a GE as PM - something he considered an #AffrontToDemocracy when Gordon Brown took over from Tony Blair.

Johnson: the poster-boy of the #BrexitCoup.

#StopTheCoup #BrexitIsNoJoke
Not officially in Cabinet, unelected bureaucrat & grand vizier Dominic Cummings nevertheless sets the agenda, calls the shots & yanks BJ's strings.

Cameron once called him a 'career psychopath'. He is in contempt of parliament & appears to be amoral. #StopTheCoup #BrexitIsNoJoke
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If there is to be a way to stop No Deal Brexit by legislative means next week, it is Conservative MPs putting the future of the UK (and its representative democracy) above their own futures that are going to have to do it

Here follows a thread of Tories saying the right things!
Antoinette Sandbach
@Sandbach

"prorogation [...] an affront to democratic accountability"
Dr Phillip Lee
@DrPhillipLeeMP

"Conservative MPs need to stand up and be counted next week [..] it put up or shut up time"
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Not a #RemainerNow but a quick thread on Government ministers calling #Proroguing Parliament an outrage just a few weeks ago.

Will they now do the honourable thing and resign?

Do feel free to send any we miss.

1/?
First it's Chancellor @sajidjavid, so how about it do you have any principles at all? #timetoresign

#StopTheCoup



2/?
Second, how about Health Secretary @MattHancock, do you have any principles or is your job more important than credibility and your country?

3/?

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Lots of discussion today about whether the length of #prorogation really matters given the upcoming party conference season. But conference recess hasn't been agreed. So we’ve crunched the numbers and yes, the length matters! (thread – 1/17!)
The government’s desire to bring this long session to an end and outline a new legislative programme in a Queen’s Speech could be met with a prorogation of one to two weeks. Anything longer than this is both unnecessary and beyond the norm. (2/17)
We do not yet know on which day between 9 and 12 September Parliament will be prorogued. The Order in Council states that it will be no earlier than Monday 9th September and no later than Thursday 12 September. (3/17)
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Protestors outside Downing Street chanting "Shame on you" #prorogue #Prorogation #StopTheCoup
Reflections on today's events
1. The issue of proroguing Parliament transcends the Brexit debate. I am not a Remainer - nor a Brexiter (Eurosceptic however) - but the fundamental operational principle of our democracy is parliamentary sovereignty which is about to be suspended.
2. The fact that @BorisJohnson is unelected and that the role of the monarchy aside, proroguing Parliament for political ends (essentially a strategic filibuster) sets a constitutional precedent which would allow future prime ministers the same exercise of power arbitrarily.
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Today's turning out to be an interesting day in British politics. What is #Prorogation and what does it mean for the weeks ahead? A thread of some info from around the web:
This morning, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a Queen's speech on 14 October in a letter to MPs, which you can read here:
scribd.com/document/42350…
Confused about all this talk of #Proroguing? @commonslibrary has you covered: researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefi…
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There it is, confirmation Johnson wants to shut down Parliament. What will those Tory ministers who said they would never stand for that, like Hancock, do now that they are in Johnson’s Cabinet?
Exhibit 1- Matt Hancock, currently Sec of State for the NHS.
Here's what he said about proroguing when he was in the Tory leadership campaign. Lying then or now?
#Prorogation
Exhibit 2 - Nicky Morgan, currently Sec of State for Media and Culture
Here she says she would support legal action against the prorogation of Parliament. Lying then or now?
#Prorogation
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