Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
Boris Johnson knows that the majority of MPs are horrified at the thought of a no deal Brexit. My constituents certainly don’t want to see us crash out of the EU at the end of October.
Since he became Prime Minister in July we’ve only had one day in Parliament to hold him to account. He now wants to prorogue Parliament after, at the most, seven sitting days in September, so that he can avoid any further scrutiny until the middle of October.
I totally agree with the Speaker, John Bercow, that this is “a constitutional outrage”. Ours is a parliamentary democracy, which has been the model for many other parliaments around the world. It is our job as MPs to hold the executive to account. It’s what we were elected for, and what our constituents expect us to do.
The country is in crisis, and Parliament should be sitting, from now until the end of October, at weekends if need be. The conference recess should be cancelled. When Parliament returns next week I shall be doing all I can to #StopTheCoup.