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Supreme Court Judgment (Response)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 24th September 2019.

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The First Minister:

Yes, I agree with all of that. I think that I set out all those views in the statement that I made a few moments ago. First, we should not allow the extraordinary nature and the significance of what the Supreme Court has said today to somehow be normalised in the midst of the chaos that the UK and UK politics have descended into. This is an unprecedented judgment; it is truly historic. All of us, as politicians, often tend towards hyperbole but it is not an exaggeration to say that this is truly unprecedented.

The Prime Minister has been found to have acted unlawfully, in a manner and in circumstances set out by the Supreme Court that make his continued tenure as Prime Minister unthinkable. If he has any honour, he will tender his resignation in light of the judgment.

Secondly, I believe that MPs should continue to work together, as they were doing before the attempted prorogation, to take the threat of no deal off the table. The Benn act is now on the statute book; the job now is to make sure that the Government cannot circumvent it or break it in any way.

Thirdly, when that has been done, if the Prime Minister will not do the decent thing and resign, the Opposition parties should come together to hold a vote of no confidence to remove the UK Government from office and to ensure that there is a general election.

I know that discussions involving my party and other parties are under way this afternoon at Westminster, and the SNP, as we have done all along, will seek to play a constructive role in those discussions.