MP under pressure for backing PM’s illegal parliament suspension

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The Supreme Court has ruled that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament was unlawful.

In Stirling, MP Stephen Kerr is under fire with thousands of his constituents calling for him to apologise for supporting the prorogument of the House of Commons for five weeks in the run up to the Brexit deadline.

President of the Supreme Court Lady Hale announced that “the effect on the fundamentals of democracy was extreme.”

PM Boris Johnson has said that he “strongly disagrees” with the ruling but will “respect” it, and now has to cut short his visit to the USA with President Trump; he will fly home tonight to attend parliament tomorrow, which will now sit.

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A number of high-profile politicians from Labour and the SNP are now calling for Boris Johnson to resign.

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has called on Kerr to apologise for supporting the unlawful suspension.

Smith said: “This really is a landmark judgement and it gives the lie to all of those that said that the shutting down of Westminter parliament – deliberately to try to avoid scrutiny and debate – was lawful.

“So it really does behove the current Tory MP for Stirling to apologise for his grossly irresponsible statement, backing prorogation, backing a reckless PM who has taken the limits of the UK constitution and demonstrated that he is willing to trash them – we need people to stand up to that, not go along with it like Stephen Kerr has done so far.

“He should apologise now to the people of Stirling and he should get back to work in Westminster and get to work representing his constituents who voted overwhelmingly to remain within the European Union.

A spokesperson for Stephen Kerr told us: “We are pleased that Mr Smith has started to take an interest in the Stirling area after twenty years as an MEP.

“Stephen voted for a deal three times. Had SNP MPs done so as well, this country would have left the EU in a managed way, avoiding No Deal and respecting the UK wide result.

“Given that Stirling voted to remain in the UK in 2014 we can only assume that Mr Smith will be eager to respect that decision.”

An e-mail leaked today to Sky News reporterAubrey Allegretti revealed that all Conservative members of parliament have been instructed not to make public comments on the Supreme Court ruling.

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