My letter to Constituents regarding the suspension of Parliament

Thank you for your email about the suspension of Parliament.  It is usual to have a short prorogation before a Queen’s Speech; Parliament will sit 3-11/12th September and then from 14th October.  It is also entirely normal for Parliament not to sit for part of September and October.  For example, last year Parliament did not sit between 13th September and 9th October for Conference Season.  

The Prime Minister is not suspending Parliament in order to force through a no deal Brexit; it will be sitting on 31st October.  The Suspension paves the way for a hugely overdue Queen’s Speech, laying out the Government’s plans, on 14th October.  Only three sitting days will be lost. 

It must not be forgotten that Parliament has had endless opportunities to debate this issue.  MPs from across the political spectrum voted 494 to 122 in favour of invoking Article 50 in 2017.  Both main political parties also pledged in their manifestos at the General Election 2017 to respect the EU referendum result and these parties received over 80 per cent of the vote. 

When a decision of constitutional significance is made, it is vital it is followed through to ensure that the British people maintain their faith in the political system to carry out the will of the majority.   

We should not underestimate the profound gravity of this issue. For Parliament to refuse to accept the result of the referendum would do catastrophic damage to confidence in the integrity of the whole political establishment.   

I hope that this explains my position.  Thank you once again for taking the trouble to write.