As you may well have heard, this morning the highest court in Scotland ruled that the 5 week prorogation of Parliament by Boris Johnson was illegal, and void. The wording of the judgment is damning. Lord Carloway said that prorogation would be unlawful if “its purpose was to stymie parliamentary scrutiny of the executive, which was a central pillar of the good governance principle enshrined in the constitution”; all three judges decided that it was. Lord Brodie said that attempting to frustrate parliament in this way was “an egregious case of a clear failure to comply with generally accepted standards of behaviour of public authorities”. And Lord Drummon Young said that “the only inference that could be drawn was that the UK Government and the Prime Minister wished to restrict Parliament.”

I am proud to be one of the MPs who put their name to this application. Parliament should be sitting at this time of national crisis. Today I joined a cross-party group of MPs outside Parliament, calling for Parliament to return.

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