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Early Parliamentary General Election (No. 2) (9 Sep 2019)

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Early Parliamentary General Election (No. 2) (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I fear that my right hon. Friend may have inadvertently misled the House given the fact that every single Member of this party who has lost the Whip is still a member of the Conservative party unless they have chosen to cross the Floor. Therefore, the situation that he has described is not actually the case. It is important to realise that the discussion that...

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: It has been a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for the second half of this debate, Mrs Main. I thank colleagues for their contributions. Earlier today, the Taoiseach, after meeting our Prime Minister, said: “If it comes to a request for an extension, I think the vast majority of countries around the table would prefer that there not be an extension. We would like to see this dealt...

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: I think I only have two minutes, if my hon. Friend does not mind. The no deal that people have been talking about is the default option in terms of article 50, but not of the Government, as we have heard. It is really important that we retain that in our minds. There are simple ways to avoid no deal. So far as we are concerned, we could have voted for the withdrawal agreement, which...

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: If the hon. Lady is referring to the event in the Churchill Room, it is organised by the Extinction Rebellion Sutton group and hosted by me. It is perfectly possible to meet those people in our constituencies, as I did in organising the event, and bring the issue back over a period. We can still do our work when we are not here.

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: The hon. Lady is generous in giving way. Does she agree that we did not hear much calling for action or scrutiny about all these other issues over the summer recess, when we could have been talking about any number of things?

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: Will the hon. Gentleman acknowledge that the Irish Taoiseach also said that if the UK is to leave, it should do so by 31 October? That was stated to be the viewpoint of the majority of EU member states.

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: Will the hon. Gentleman acknowledge that all three of those quotes were in response to the idea of proroguing Parliament and bridging 31 October—in other words, taking Prorogation beyond the date when we are supposed to leave the European Union?

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petitions 269157 and 237487 relating to the prorogation of Parliament. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Ryan. I will read the wording of both petitions into the official record. The first petition is titled, “Do not prorogue Parliament”, and states: “Parliament must not be prorogued or dissolved unless and until the...

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: I will come back to the question of mandate, because in about five hours the Prime Minister will ask Members to vote for a general election. We have all said that we do not want one at this time, because we want to get on with the job in hand, but at the moment, that is the best way not only to resolve the conundrum that we face in the lead-up to 31 October, but to move on and to show that...

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. I could not agree more, and I was one of those 17.4 million people. I understand that there are many facets to this complex argument, but we Members are charged with showing political leadership. For three years, we have talked about what we do not want; we have um-ed and ah-ed; we have had political shenanigans; and there have been games afoot....

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: To be fair, I have allowed the last two interventions to distract me from the fact that the key purpose of a Queen’s Speech is to set out the domestic agenda—to talk about the 20,000 new police officers, and to ensure that people see the benefits of frontline funding for the NHS, levelling up funding for schools, and delivering full-fibre broadband across the country. However, as we ramp...

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: My right hon. and learned Friend has a point in theory, but unfortunately only in theory. We have already cancelled two recesses, to the angst of several hon. Members, but what did we do during those sittings? We considered statutory instruments on the Floor of the House, because there was not enough business about Brexit coming from the Opposition. I remember walking around this place and...

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. We already have the odd addition of this fortnight, which, when coupled with the five weeks of Prorogation, smacks of, “Look busy, the boss is watching.” We are scratching around trying to find something to do. I do not dismiss the fact that scrutiny of the Government’s legislation and action is important, but I caution that actions need to match words.

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: The hon. Gentleman uses the word “disgraceful”; I have been in this place for only four years, but for three of them, I have sat here scratching my head, thinking, “I have some of the most intelligent people around me acting in the most stupid way.” I blame people on both sides of the argument equally; I am an equal opportunity critic. We should be talking about how we leave, not...

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: I agree with the hon. Lady that this is a political crisis. It is grinding the country to a halt—certainly, to boredom. There is one way to sort it out. We can sit here contemplating our navels, or we can go out and speak to the people. We can have a general election, in which we can discuss Brexit and engage 70 million people, not just 650. To me, that is democracy in action. Some hon....

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: The hon. Gentleman has argued passionately in this place alongside me against a second referendum. I agree with everything he said, including about the referendum result being undermined. I mentioned #StopTheCoup, and how bad a coup the Prorogation of Parliament would be. Instead, parliamentary games are being played by those on the other side of the argument. Parliament took control, and...

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: I come back to the point that any referendum, confirmatory or otherwise, takes time. We are trying to leave the EU so that we can get on to the next stage of this debate, which we have been having for three years. I am not entirely sure that a confirmatory referendum would resolve anything, although it is a step up from the so-called people’s vote—frankly, we have already had a people’s...

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct, as always. As I say, every time we diminish the negotiating position of the Government, we inevitably create a more distinct possibility of a watered-down deal. In fact, why does the EU need to speak to us at this time anyway? Theoretically, the way the Benn Bill works is that the letter that Parliament has written for the Prime Minister to take to the EU...

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Paul Scully: We have discussed no deal over the past few months, to quite an extent. There would clearly be more specifics, if it seems that that is how it will go. Rather than us not having enough time, people will probably be moving a bit more quickly and frantically. I have never voted to take no deal off the table, because it is a serious proposition. I have always wanted to get a deal, but I am...


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