West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has hit out at Boris Johnson during fiery exchanges in parliament over the Prime Minister’s response to the Supreme Court’s judgement that it was unlawful to shut down parliament.
Boris Johnson addressed the House of Commons after it was reconvened this week following the unanimous verdict from the Supreme Court that the prorogation, or suspension, of parliament was “null, void, and of no effect” and unlawful.
Local SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes slammed the Prime Minster for failing in his duty to act in accordance with the law. Responding to Boris Johnson in the Commons, the MP for West Dunbartonshire pledged to continue standing up for his constituents who voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU.
The Prime Minister has been widely criticised following his statement to parliament after rejecting calls to temper his language at the despatch box and refusing to apologise for misleading the Queen.
During questioning by MPs, Boris Johnson responded ‘no’ when asked if Article 50 would be extended as required by the ‘Benn Act’ – indicating he would break the law and ignore legislation passed by the House of Commons.
There have been calls from the SNP and other parties for Mr Johnson to resign, branding him ‘unfit for office’ in the wake of damaging week for the Prime Minister.
A snap opinion poll following the Supreme Court’s ruling found that an overwhelming majority of people in Scotland and across the UK agreed that Boris Johnson should stand down.
Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:
“Boris Johnson has been utterly humiliated and forced to return to parliament, but he appears to have learned no lessons from the Supreme Court judgement that he acted unlawfully.
“Rather than doing the right thing and apologise for misleading the Queen, the Prime Minister chose to make a statement that was inflammatory and deliberately disrespectful to parliament.
“And now he has the brass neck to suggest he will break the law again by refusing to act to remove the threat of a damaging no-deal Brexit by on 31st October.
“The UK government’s own analysis shows that crashing out of the EU would be devastating to Scottish jobs, living standards and public services.
“This is why it’s critical we know for sure that the risk of a no-deal Brexit by default is off the table before calling a general election.
“It’s inexplicable that whilst the PM desperately pleads with MPs to back him, he is stirring up abuse by using irresponsible language such as ‘surrender’ and ‘capitulation’.
“My constituents in West Dunbartonshire voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU and I am clear that I will not ‘surrender’ their votes at the behest of an unelected Tory Prime Minister.”