*Updated with comment from Alistair Burt at 08:35 25/09/19
After eleven Supreme Court judges unanimously ruled today that the Prime Minister’s progrogation of parliament was unlawful, we asked Bedford’s MP, MEP and parliamentary candidate for their thoughts.
Mohammad Yasin, MP for Bedford said, “The significance of the unanimous decision from the highest judges in land, that the Prime Minister suspended our parliament unlawfully cannot be understated.
“It is a victory for parliamentary sovereignty and the supremacy of the rule of law.
“I am looking forward to returning to parliament as soon as possible to do the job I was elected to do and to hold this unscrupulous government to account.”
Former Tory MP for North East Bedfordshire, Alistair Burt tabled an amendment to prevent prorogation and voted against the government to take control of parliament in a bid to stop a no-deal Brexit.
Green Party Member of the European Parliament Catherine Rowett said, “Boris Johnson’s attempt to shut down the UK Parliament to prevent democratic scrutiny of his Brexit plans has been found to be unlawful.
“The rule of law is one of the fundamental values of the European Union and its member states. No one is above the law and we are glad to see that the Supreme Court has shown that again today.
“This attempt to undermine our democracy shows that Boris Johnson is unfit to hold the office of Prime Minister and he should resign immediately.
“Johnson’s move to close down our democratic institutions was a move in the wrong direction. We need more democracy, not less, and ultimately the final decision on our future in the European Union should be made by the people through a referendum – a Peoples Vote.
“But this isn’t just about Brexit. This case shows that our democratic systems in the UK are broken, unfit for a country in the modern world. We need a written constitution to prevent leaders abusing their powers and we need a more democratic election system so that no one party can dominate our political system when it is only supported by a minority of people.
“Parliament should reconvene straight away so that our elected representatives can begin to chart a sensible path through this national crisis.”
The Conservative parliamentary candidate for Bedford and Kempston, Ryan Henson said:
“I know many people are concerned and upset about the decision the judges have chosen to make, but ultimately we must respect the rule of the law.
“But we must also respect the decision of the British people who voted in the EU Referendum. As Parliament returns I urge Labour and Lib Dem MPs to stop blocking Brexit and to show respect to everyone in Bedford and Kempston who voted in the Referendum, whichever way they voted.
“We must honour the referendum result and leave the EU by October 31st.”
Henry Vann, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Bedford and Kempston, said, “This is a devastating ruling for those who are seeking to ride rough-shod over an elected Parliament; Brexit or not, it is clear this Government does not have a majority or mandate to pursue a damaging no-deal Brexit that was not on the ballot paper three years ago.
“The Government is in disarray and the Labour Party doesn’t know if it is coming or going. The Lib Dems will be offering the people of Bedford and Kempston a sensible, principled option at the upcoming General Election.”
The Bedford Independent contacted Alistair Burt MP for a comment. His office confirmed he was on his way to the United Nations General Assembly in New York in his role as UK Commissioner for the International Commission on Missing Persons and would provide a comment on his arrival. We will update this article in due course.