Anti-Brexit Gina Miller claims Cabinet KNOWS it can’t shut Parliament
Remain campaigner Gina Miller claims the Government ‘unequivocally’ accepts it cannot shut down Parliament to force No Deal
- Businesswoman claims she has been assured proroguing Parliament would be an abuse of power
- She took the Government to court to force a Parliamentary vote over the triggering of Article 50
- Now she is seeking further reassurance that MPs can pass legislation to stop a No Deal Brexit
Gina Miller claims it is not possible for Boris Johnson to close down Parliament to get Brexit through
Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller has claimed the Government ‘unequivocally’ accepts that it cannot close down Parliament to force No Deal.
The businesswoman, who last month wrote to Boris Johnson arguing any such move ‘would be an abuse of his powers’ and result in legal action, said she had been reassured Parliament would not be suspended.
Mrs Miller previously went to court and won the right for Parliament to give its consent ahead of the triggering of Article 50 to begin the Brexit process.
She told Sky News: ‘What they have said is unequivocally they accept that to close down Parliament, to bypass them in terms of Brexit – stopping a No Deal Brexit in particular – is illegal.
‘So without having to go to court they’ve conceded we’ve basically called their bluff.’
But Mrs Miller said she would be seeking further reassurance that MPs would be able to pass legislation to stop a No Deal Brexit.
She said: ‘Parliament has to find a way – instruments and ways – of ensuring that they can pass that legislation, [the] scrutinising [of] which is what the Government letter has confirmed – that Parliament will be able to scrutinise and examine all options when it comes to exiting. It’s not the same as giving them the ability to pass legislation.
‘And because we already have in legislation that October 31 is our exit, they need to pass other legislation to prevent No Deal or to change that date after an extension.’
Energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng also told Sky News: ‘We are not talking about proroguing Parliament.’
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