Published On: Mon, Sep 9th, 2019

Brexit news: Fierce backlash as Ian Blackford labels Boris Johnson a ‘dictator’ | UK | News

Boris Johnson has been dealt a major blow after MPs voted in favour to force the Government to reveal no deal Brexit planning and private communication, relating to the decision to suspend Parliament. Following the result, SNP Commons leader Ian Blackford claimed Parliament “must stop” the Prime Minister from “acting like a dictator”. Speaking in the Commons, he said: “I say to the Prime Minister: be very careful, be very careful. Do not obstruct the rule of law.

“Mr Speaker, the Vote Leave campaign and Number 10 doesn’t care about rules. They didn’t care in 2016 and they don’t care now about the law.

“Mr Speaker, we must stop them, because the stakes quite frankly, are too high. The Prime Minister and his Vote Leave cronies are not above the law.

“The law must stop this dictatorship and Parliament must stop this Prime Minister acting like a dictator. Even the Prime Minister’s own ministers cannot trust him.”

Twitter users reacted to the comments, with one posting: “Ian Blackford, who just complained about the use of language in politics, refers to the Prime Minister as a ‘dictator’.”

Another said: “Ian Blackford calls Boris a dictator. The dictator who is letting parliament vote on whether the people should have a vote in an election. This is utter madness”.

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A third tweeted: “His views are dictatorial not Boris, who is only trying to carry out the wishes of a clean and fair democratic vote as instructed.”

Mr Blackford also demanded the Prime Minister’s resignation, arguing: “The Prime Minister says he would rather die in a ditch than write to seek an extension to protect our economy from falling off the cliff edge.

“If that is the course that he chooses, then the Prime Minister must resign. Undermining democracy at every turn, the Prime Minister simply cannot be trusted.

“The rule book has been well and truly ripped up. And with it, democracy and decency. Shredded by a cult of Brexit fanboys in Number 10. Unfit to govern, unwilling to govern. What a despicable state of affairs.”

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve’s demand for all written and electronic contact about the temporary suspension of Parliament and Operation Yellowhammer documents since July 23 to be released was approved by 311 votes to 302, majority nine.

It lists key personnel within Mr Johnson’s current Government, including the Prime Minister’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings and director of legislative affairs Nikki da Costa.

The former Attorney General, who lost his place in the Conservative Party after being one of 21 MPs sacked for voting against the Government in a key no deal Brexit vote last week, said public officials had given him information relating to prorogation that informed him “they believed the handling of this matter smacked of scandal”.

He told MPs: “That places me in difficulty because it is simply the information that I’ve been given.

“I want to make absolutely clear that I’m not in a position any more than I think any member in this House is to be able to ascertain if that information is mistaken or not.

“I can only say that I believe those sources to be reliable and also in my experience it is extraordinarily unusual that I should get such approaches with individuals expressing their disquiet about the handling of this matter and some of the underlying issues to which it could give rise.”

Scotland’s First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “Each and every new development just now makes the shutting down of Parliament for five weeks all the more outrageous.”

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