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Early Parliamentary General Election (No. 2)

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The Prime Minister moved a motion, on 9 Sep 2019, calling for a early parliamentary general election under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.

The motion was put to a vote after 90 minutes of debate with the result 293 votes in favour and 46 votes against.

Most of the Labour MPs abstained together with members of the SNP party, thus rejecting the possibility of an early General Election.

The Government lost because it didn’t reach the majority required under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.

Ministers’ obligation to comply with the law

Jeremy Corbyn raised a motion in Parliament, on the 9 September, in an attempt to get the Prime Minister to state that he would comply with the law as just passed in the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill.

“That this House has considered the welcome completion of all parliamentary stages of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill and has considered the matter of the importance of the rule of law and Ministers’ obligation to comply with the law.”

The motion was put agreed without a vote.

Disclosure of Communications motion

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Dominic Grieve raised a motion in Parliament, on 9 Sep 2019, in an attempt to force the Government to release all communications relating to the Prorogation of Parliament and, in addition, the documents prepared relating to so-called operation Yellowhammer.

That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, that she will be graciously pleased to direct Ministers to lay before this House, not later than 11.00pm Wednesday 11 September, all correspondence and other communications (whether formal or informal, in both written and electronic form, including but not limited to messaging services including WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Facebook messenger, private email accounts both encrypted and unencrypted, text messaging and iMessage and the use of both official and personal mobile phones) to, from or within the present administration, since 23 July 2019 relating to the prorogation of Parliament sent or received by one or more of the following individuals: Hugh Bennett, Simon Burton, Dominic Cummings, Nikki da Costa, Tom Irven, Sir Roy Stone, Christopher James, Lee Cain or Beatrice Timpson; and that Ministers be further directed to lay before this House no later than 11.00pm Wednesday 11 September all the documents prepared within Her Majesty’s Government since 23 July 2019 relating to operation Yellowhammer and submitted to the Cabinet or a Cabinet Committee.

Following 2 hours of debate, the motion was put to a vote with the result: 311 votes in favour and 302 votes against – another defeat for the Government.

John Bercow to stand down

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John Bercow has announced, in a statement to the House of Commons, that he intends to stand down from his position as Speaker and MP at the close of business on Thursday 31 October 2019.

At the 2017 election, I promised my wife and children that it would be my last. This is a pledge that I intend to keep. If the House votes tonight for an early general election, my tenure as Speaker and MP will end when this Parliament ends. If the House does not so vote, I have concluded that the least disruptive and most democratic course of action would be for me to stand down at the close of business on Thursday 31 October.

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I have served as a Member of Parliament for 22 years, and for the last 10 years as Speaker. This has been—let me put it explicitly—the greatest privilege and honour of my professional life, for which I will be eternally grateful. I wish my successor in the Chair the very best fortune in standing up for the rights of hon. and right hon. Members individually, and for Parliament institutionally, as the Speaker of the House of Commons. Thank you.

This decision may have been driven by recent comments that the Conservative Party plans to stand a candidate against him in his Buckingham constituency at the next election, for his role in allowing MPs to take control of the Commons agenda and his apparent lack of impartiality.

He recently told an audience at the Edinburgh festival fringe he would “fight with every breath in my body” to stop the government forcing through a no-deal Brexit by by-passing Parliament.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill update

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European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill has passed all stages in the House of Lords and is due to receive Royal Assent sometime today (9 September 2019)

Once a bill has completed all the parliamentary stages in both Houses, it is ready to receive royal assent. This is when the Queen formally agrees to make the bill into an Act of Parliament (law).

https://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2019/september/european-union-withdrawal-no6-bill-proceeds-to-royal-assent/

Read more details about this bill and its fast-track through Parliament at

https://services.parliament.uk/Bills/2017-19/europeanunionwithdrawalno6/stages.html

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