Johnson could face demands to appear before MPs when parliament resumes

House of Commons speaker welcomes UK supreme court ruling suspension was unlawful

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on Boris Johnson to consider his position and call a new election after the supreme court ruled that the UK prime minister's move to suspend parliament was unlawful. Video: Reuters


British prime minster Boris Johnson could face demands to appear before MPs on Wednesday after Commons Speaker John Bercow announced that the House of Commons would resume its business following a UK supreme court decision that suspension of parliament was void.

There will be no session of prime minister’s questions, but Mr Bercow said there would be scope for applications for emergency debates and calls for ministers to be summoned to the House.

The prime minister is in New York for the UN General Assembly but is expected to come under pressure from opponents to return early.

The Commons speaker said: “The citizens of the UK are entitled to expect that parliament does discharge its core functions, that it is in a position to scrutinise the executive, to hold ministers to account and to legislate if it chooses.

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“In the light of that explicit judgment, I have instructed the House authorities to prepare not for the recall — the prorogation was unlawful and is void — to prepare for the resumption of the business of the House of Commons.

“Specifically I have instructed the House authorities to undertake such steps as are necessary to ensure that the House of Commons sits tomorrow, that it does so at 11.30.”

He said he had contacted party leaders or their representatives to inform them.

“Owing to notification requirements, which I’m sure you are all closely familiar with, it will not be possible for there to be a prime minister’s questions.

“However, for the avoidance of doubt there will be full scope of urgent questions, for ministerial statements, and for applications for emergency debates under Standing Order number 24.”

Labour MP Wes Streeting told the PA news agency the PM should return to parliament on Wednesday, adding: “Boris Johnson needs to explain himself to the queen, to parliament and the country.

“He’s lied to her, lied to us and lied to them. He must do the decent thing and resign.”–PA

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