28 August 2019
Ending the Current Parliamentary Session
Many will now be aware of the decision made by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson MP, to request an end to the current parliamentary session in the second sitting week in September, before commencing the second session of this Parliament with a Queen’s speech on the 14th October.
The current session has lasted more than 340 days and needs to be brought to a close. Understandably, I have received a number of messages from both sides of the argument from concerned constituents expressing their views strongly. I believe that the situation as it is needs to be viewed rationally. There is still more than enough time for a deal to be agreed and passed to avoid a no deal scenario and I am confident that there is room for negotiation and a willingness on all sides to avoid ‘crashing out’.
As can be seen in my response to the Leader of the Opposition’s letter yesterday, part of the responsibility of us being put in this situation lies with the four irreconcilable groups: the Labour party with its deliberately vague policy; the Labour leader who appears not to support the party’s policy; the Out Outers who sometimes seem to want to crash out whatever the penalties; and the In Inners wanting another referendum in the hope that there would be a different decision.
I believe in openness and am willing to work practically to secure a positive solution can be reached with the EU and we can move onto the next stage of negotiations and work on a future trading relationship post-Brexit.
Further information regarding the formalities of proregation can be read here.
Thank you to all those who have written to me on this matter, I am happy to discuss your concerns should you wish to.