MPs have returned to the Commons chamber today after Scottish judges ruled that Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful.
Wednesday would normally see the PM being grilled at Prime Minister’s Questions but with prorogation coming into effect in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Mr Johnson was not in the House of Commons.
However, after Scotland’s highest court ruled the suspension was an “improper” attempt to “stymie Parliament”, some MPs are keen to get proceedings going again.
Labour’s Jonathan Reynolds tweeted an image of himself on the green benches, adding: “Reporting for duty.”
Earlier, party colleague Luke Pollard also shared a picture of himself in the Lobby.
He wrote: “Quietly and peacefully I have gone back to sit in my usual spot in the House of Commons.
“No shouting or scuffles – just a quiet statement about our democracy. Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament is unlawful. MPs should be here debating the national crisis.”
Mr Pollard added: “We are in a political crisis, you need Parliament to steady the ship, to hold those in power accountable, to propose, to scrutinise, to question and if we don’t have that, all we have is an unelected and unaccountable government doing whatever it wants regardless of what the courts, what the people and what Parliament says.”
“In the other European capitals they will see this empty building, they will see political tumbleweed rolling down the corridors and that symbol is very, very powerful,” said Labour’s Stephen Pound.
Another Labour MP, Kevin Brennan, went to the Palace of Westminster for 12pm, when PMQs is supposed to get underway.
He was not able to ask the Prime Minister any questions, but said he confronted leader of the house Jacob Rees Mogg.
Mr Brennan told Sky News: “I have seen Jacob Rees Mogg, the leader of the house, and asked him if we would be meeting.
“He is, of course, the person who went to see the Queen and according to the highest court in Scotland did not tell her the truth about the government’s reasons for proroguing parliament, which is why they have ruled it illegal.”
He added: “My view is that the government should immediately recall parliament and meet and debate and vote and do our job.”
Judges at Scotland’s highest civil court said the prorogation, which came into force on Monday, has “no effect” because it was pushed through unlawfully.
The UK government plans to appeal against the latest ruling, which a spokesman said it was “disappointed” by, in the Supreme Court.
The legal bid, brought to the Edinburgh court by a group of around 70 parliamentarians, is separate to the case brought in the High Court by Gina Miller and John Major last week.