Canlyniadau 161–180 o 1302 ar gyfer speaker:Geoffrey Cox

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: I entirely agree with my right hon. Friend. In our constitution, when a Government can no longer govern because Parliament has withdrawn its assent, the moral and constitutional thing to do is to have the courage of your convictions, which this spineless gang on the Opposition Front Bench do not, and to table a motion of no confidence, but they have not got the guts to table that motion of no...

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: In answer to the hon. Lady’s last point, I completely and firmly support the independence of our judiciary. In Scotland, in England, in Wales and in Northern Ireland we have one of the finest judiciaries in the world. The fact of the matter is that the Supreme Court gave its judgment, and its judgment must be respected, but that does not prevent robust criticism of the terms of that...

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: I know that my right hon. Friend knows that, when it comes to the judges—though not to this shower on the Opposition Benches—I want to be, if I can, respectful and careful. It is important that we understand that these judges are protectors of all our freedoms and all our rights—

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: I wonder if you, Mr Speaker, in a well-earned retirement, would like to give lessons to Front Benchers. It could be the beginnings of a new and very glorious—or even more glorious—career. I have now lost my thread entirely—

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: The Opposition want me to sit down, so I will gratify them and do so.

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: I am not sure I discerned a question in that marshmallow of rhetoric, but in so far as there was a question, there is an answer. If the hon. Gentleman thinks the Government should no longer be governing, he should tell his leader to bring a motion of no confidence this afternoon and to agree to a simple one-line statute that fixes the election by a simple majority. We would be delighted to...

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: I cannot comment on matters that are plainly covered not only by the convention but by legal professional privilege, but I say to my hon. Friend that the Government’s position was set out clearly in argument—if she followed it all, she will know it went on for a very long time—and the Supreme Court decided against it. We accept that position.

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: Yes.

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for the question. I cannot disclose what advice I gave. The hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West, who first asked this urgent question, had that answer, and I am afraid I am going to have to keep giving it today. However, what I would say is that the Supreme Court did indeed, as it overtly and explicitly said, develop the law. It took what was a...

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: I simply cannot comment on matters that pertain to the internal preparation of cases, which are covered by legal professional privilege. It is simply not reasonable to ask people to do so, particularly when it relates to individuals. The hon. Gentleman should make no assumptions one way or the other from what I am saying. The fact is that cases are covered by privilege, and that must be respected.

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: It is a new principle of law, which has been found to exist by the Supreme Court, and where, hitherto, it has not been thought that a court could go. However, the Court is entitled to develop the common law, and that it has done. This does set a precedent; it is binding, unless this House, in due course, considers that it should take action to alter that position.

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: I have a degree of sympathy with what the hon. Lady says. I think that, as we depart the European Union, there is ground for thinking again about our constitutional arrangements and how they should be ordered. I think that, in doing so, a widespread public consultation of the kind that she is describing would be essential, because any new constitutional arrangements would have to be...

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: My right hon. Friend is asking me to look into a crystal ball. Far be it from me to fathom the inscrutable minds of their lordships in the Supreme Court as to why they chose not to dissent if they were minded to dissent, or to agree if they were minded not to agree.

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: Well, if I may say to the hon. Gentleman, that is as I would expect from him, particularly in his new guise as an aspirant to even higher office—it is constructive, helpful, impartial and a model to us all.

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: As to my hon. Friend’s first question, I say that, plainly, if one re-examines the historical records, there is no doubt that there would have been some—possibly quite a few— Prorogations that, under this test, might have had difficulty in passing. For example, Ramsay MacDonald prorogued this Parliament in 1930 for some months, during the course of a minority Government, at a time when...

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: There are all kinds of reasons why, in judicial reviews, witness statements are not given in cases of this kind. I cannot discuss the internal counsels of the preparations of a legal case because, as I am sure the hon. Lady understands, they are covered by the wholly appropriate legal professional privilege.

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: I understand my hon. Friend’s question and say to him, quite frankly, that I think it is a matter which this House may need to reflect upon in the coming months and years, depending on the status of our constitutional arrangements, as indicated by the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas). I do think that we are going to have to look again at our constitutional arrangements,...

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: I will tell the right hon. Gentleman why: first, because it would be an insult to the millions of people who voted in the first referendum to have a second one before we had implemented the first. [Interruption.] That is what I think. I know that people disagree, but it is a legitimate point of view. Secondly, the question now of this House is whether the Government are going to be permitted...

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: I wholly understand the strength of feeling of my hon. Friend, and I agree with almost all of it.

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Med 2019)

Geoffrey Cox: The same consequences that flow from any good-faith implementation of advice that, at the time, is perfectly respectable and tenable advice, as this was. The fact of the matter is that the Government’s position was that the Prorogation was lawful and it was constitutional. That was the advice that the Government had, it was the advice that they gave to those who asked them, and the Supreme...


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