We’re already back at work! Triumphant remainer MPs tweet pictures of themselves returning to Parliament after Supreme Court rules it was illegally shut down
- Tom Tugenhadt and Luciana Berger among those to post selfies from chamber
- Caroline Lucas and Labour MP Barry Sheerman held up ‘not silenced’ placards
- Parliament could return as soon as tomorrow following Supreme Court ruling
- Judges rule Johnson illegally prorogued Parliament to ‘frustrate’ Brexit debate
MPs have shared photographs of themselves sitting in the House of Commons eagerly waiting for the return of Parliament after today’s Supreme Court ruling.
Tory Remainer Tom Tugenhadt and the Lib Dem’s Luciana Berger were among those to post selfies from inside the chamber demanding MPs return to action.
Former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas and Labour’s Barry Sheerman shared images of themselves sat in parliament with ‘not silenced’ banners.
Labour MP Stephen Doughty shared a photograph of himself in the back of a cab along with the caption: ‘I’m on my way back to Parliament right now.’
Meanwhile, fellow Labour member Rupa Huq wrote: ‘I’m at desk in my office in Parliament now, ready for proroguing the prorogation.
Tory backbencher Tom Tugenhadt and the Lib Dem’s Luciana Berger were among those to post selfies from inside the chamber demanding MPs return to action
Labour’s Barry Sheerman shared an image of himself sat in parliament with a ‘not silenced’ banner
Former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas (left) holds up a ‘not silenced’ placard, while Carolyn Harris (right) posts a selfie from inside the House
‘Chamber not seen any action for a while, time to get back to scrutinising the government.’
It comes after Boris Johnson was humiliated in the Supreme Court today as judges ruled unanimously he illegally prorogued Parliament to ‘frustrate’ debate on Brexit.
Jess Phillips, also from Labour, said she would arrive at Parliament later today to push for new domestic abuse legislation to be brought under consideration.
“I will make my way to Parliament and get there by this evening and I will start to table questions on the Domestic Abuse Bill,” she tweeted.
Shortly after, Commons Speaker John Bercow revealed that the House of Commons was preparing to resume tomorrow at 11.30am.
Mr Bercow said: ‘I welcome the Supreme Court’s judgement that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful.
‘The judges have rejected the Government’s claim that closing down Parliament for five weeks was merely standard practice to allow for a new Queen’s Speech.
‘In reaching their conclusion, they have vindicated the right and duty of Parliament to meet at this crucial time to scrutinise the executive and hold Ministers to account.
Commons Speaker John Bercow revealed that the House of Commons was preparing to resume tomorrow at 11.30am
Labour member Rupa Huq wrote: ‘I’m at desk in my office in Parliament now, ready for proroguing the prorogation’
Labour MP Stephen Doughty shared a photograph of himself in the back of a cab along with the caption: ‘I’m on my way back to Parliament right now’
‘As the embodiment of our Parliamentary democracy, the House of Commons must convene without delay.
‘To this end, I will now consult the party leaders as a matter of urgency.’
Mr Johnson suspended Parliament with the argument that he needed time to prepare a Queen’s Speech which had been due to take place on October 14.
Today’s ruling effectively destroys that timetable and puts the government back to square one.
Ministers will now have to decide how to proceed, with rumours that Mr Johnson could try to prorogue Parliament again.
Such a move would be incredibly controversial. Mr Johnson had ruled out resigning in the event of the court ruling prorogation was unlawful.
But he will now face intense pressure to consider his position.
The UK remains on course to leave the EU on October 31 but today’s decision means the run up to Halloween will be volatile and fraught with difficulty.
Mrs Lucas celebrated the Supreme Court hearing today by posting images from inside the House of Commons