My comments on the suspension of Parliament

The Prime Minister has asked the Queen to prorogue Parliament, marking the long-overdue end of this session of parliament. It’s an interesting fact that this sitting has been the longest since the “Long Parliament” of the English Civil War. Typically Parliament is reformed on a yearly basis and it is considered a very normal routine.

The Queen will therefore make a “Queen’s Speech”, officially starting a new session.  The purpose of this is to introduce new bills, to match the promises made by the Prime Minister when Party members voted for him to lead the Conservative party. This speech is concluded with a debate, which will give Parliamentarians ample time to discuss this approach.

On to my personal views of the situation, I fully understand that the timing of this action, co-inciding with plots and plans trying to stop Brexit, has caused consternation amongst many. A lot of constituents have already made their views clear to me in this regard.

My stated ambition has always been to agree a Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, and this remains the case. To this end, I believe the Prime Minister’s action drastically increases our chances of a Deal.

The European Union has made many encouraging noises about re-negotiating the backstop in recent days as a response to the Prime Minister’s line of questioning. However before they commit themselves, they are waiting to see if Parliament will extend Article 50, making any concessions un-neccesary in their eyes.

This action means the potential for Parliament blocking an exit on the 31st of October is greatly diminished, putting the EU on action stations. They are now fully aware that if we do not pass a deal, we will leave without one. That has always been the way we will make the most progress on agreeing a deal.

Parliament will be in full session following the meeting of the EU council and this is therefore when we will see things happen.

I am ready and waiting to lend my hand towards helping the Government pass a deal through the House, so we can leave the EU in an orderly and smooth way.

However, leave we must. I cannot overstate the damage this continued uncertainty is doing, extending and extending our exit and putting all other issues in stasis. As we have seen, extensions do nothing except keep people waiting in a state of uncertainty for months longer. This is no way to continue and the Prime Minister is absolutely right to set a hard deadline, so we can get this done and move on.

Although I do not want to leave the EU without a deal, I cannot deny the Government has been putting in extensive preparations for it. If this scenario comes to pass,  I expect there to be disruption, but with political will the EU and the UK will continue to co-operate to a level that any negative effects will be mitigated.