Do not prorogue Parliament

Parliament must not be prorogued or dissolved unless and until the Article 50 period has been sufficiently extended or the UK's intention to withdraw from the EU has been cancelled.

This petition closed on 6 Nov 2019 with 1,725,630 signatures


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1. Do not prorogue Parliament
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Recent Speeches related to Do not prorogue Parliament

1. Prorogation of Parliament
09/09/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: 269157 and 237487 relating to the prorogation of Parliament.It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship - Speech Link

2. Prorogation (Disclosure of Communications)
09/09/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: since 23 July 2019 relating to the prorogation of Parliament sent or received by one or more of the following - Speech Link
2: since 23 July 2019 relating to the prorogation of Parliament sent or received by one or more of the following - Speech Link
3: arises particularly because of the decision to prorogue this House. I do not think I need to go into too - Speech Link

3. Digital Economy Bill
20/03/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: in May 2018, when we will still be in the EU, under the EU general data protection regulation and the - Speech Link
2: powers, as well as making clear that the Bill’s extended definition also includes deceased individuals - Speech Link
3: comments that we made in Committee to get a more extended response. Noble Lords will be pleased to know - Speech Link

4. Prime Minister's Update
25/09/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: verdict and the way forward for this paralysed Parliament.Three years ago, more people voted to - Speech Link
2: perfectly clearly what is going on. They know that Parliament does not want to honour its promises to respect - Speech Link

5. European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill
06/09/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: House because we have allowed the omniscience of Parliament to be reduced by the elimination of the veto - Speech Link
2: the 55 days between the creation of the Rump Parliament and the execution of the King. I do not think - Speech Link
3: which is really at the core of the original intention to take back control. Therefore, I am concerned - Speech Link

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Government Response

Prorogation is a prerogative Act of the Crown, exercised on the advice of Ministers. We must respect the referendum result and the UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances.


The UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances. We must respect the referendum result.

Prorogation is a prerogative Act of the Crown, exercised on the advice of Ministers, to bring about the end of the parliamentary session. The royal prerogative is the term used to describe the powers held by Government Ministers, either in their own right, or through the advice they provide to the Queen which she is bound constitutionally to follow. The Government determines the length of a parliamentary session and advises the Queen on the date for the beginning of the next parliamentary session.

The beginning of the next session is marked by the State Opening of Parliament during which the Queen delivers the Queen’s Speech. The Queen’s Speech sets out the programme of legislation the Government intends to pursue in the forthcoming parliamentary session.

As the Prime Minister said in his statement on 2 September 2019, the Government has committed to recruiting another 20,000 police officers, improving both NHS and schools funding, and completing 20 new hospital upgrades. It is to progress the Government’s agenda on these and many other fronts that the Prime Minister has sought to commence a new session of Parliament in October.

Parliament is only dissolved before a General Election. Dissolution brings an end to a Parliament. The effect of a dissolution is all business comes to an end and every seat in the House of Commons is vacated until a General Election is held.

Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, General Elections are now automatically held every five years and the next general election is scheduled for May 2022. The Fixed-term Parliaments Act removed the prerogative power to dissolve Parliament; no longer can the Prime Minister advise the sovereign to dissolve Parliament and call a General Election.

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act also provides the basis on which an early General Election can be triggered:

1. If a motion for an early general election is agreed either by at least two-thirds of the whole House of Commons or without a vote; or

2. If a motion of ‘no confidence’, in the terms set out in the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, is passed and no subsequent motion expressing confidence in Her Majesty’s Government is passed by the Commons within 14 days.

In the event of an early-general election, the Fixed-term Parliaments Act allows the Prime Minister to recommend a suitable polling day to the Queen. There will be a Royal Proclamation to set the date. Parliament is then automatically dissolved 25 working days before polling day.

The Government would prefer to leave the EU with a deal and will work in an energetic and determined way to get a better deal. The Government is very willing to sit down with the Commission and EU Member States to talk about what needs to be done to achieve that.

The Prime Minister has said an election needs to take place ahead of the European Council on 17 to 18 October. This would allow the Prime Minister to go to the European Council with a clear mandate from the British people to deliver the referendum result.

Cabinet Office


MPs spoken contributions during 9 Sep 2019 petition debate

Conservative Paul Scully (View contribution) 3374 words Kevin Foster (View contribution) 1928 words Jeremy Lefroy 1056 words Jeremy Wright (View contribution) 371 words
Labour Justin Madders (View contribution) 1742 words Helen Hayes (View contribution) 865 words Anna McMorrin (View contribution) 862 words Martin Whitfield 829 words
Plaid Cymru Ben Lake (View contribution) 1 words
Scottish National Party Tommy Sheppard (View contribution) 1255 words
The Independent Group for Change Joan Ryan 37 words