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Rachel Maskell MP Q & A on Supreme Court ruling: 'the Prime Minister should resign'

by Cara Bentley

CB: Is this ruling what you expected?

RM: Well, it's quite astounding - a unanimous decision by 11 of the top judges in the land. Certainly, when the Prime Minister has tried to run away from accountability and scrutiny, since he's been elected and indeed has broken the law, it proves that the law will eventually catch up with anyone who dares to do that. It's absolutely right that parliament is recalled to address this, not only constitutional crisis but, crisis over Brexit and the future of our country.

CB: What does this mean for you at the party conference?

RM: Well, I'm making arrangements at this very moment to go back to Parliament. There's been an incredible atmosphere at conference with policy being announced - we're proving ourselves to be ready for government. We believe that the Prime Minister should resign. His position is untenable, he's cheated the Queen. He's tried to silence MPs and we've seen this pattern in the Prime Minister. He's misled the country and I think it's really important now that we all get down to Westminster and do our job in calling the government to account, to scrutinise every word that he utters and to ensure that we have our democracy upheld.

CB: What would you like to see happen tomorrow when MPs go back?

RM: I think the future of who leads our country is seriously under question now. But not only that, we have to have a guarantee that this disastersous no deal Brexit will be taken off the table immediately. I believe that we now need to move forward on the issue of Brexit. Whether that's a public vote or a general election, I'm sure a debate tomorrow will bring up to the fore. We cannot continue lurching from one crisis to the next with a prime minister who is absent most of the time. We need now to address not only the big question of the day, but also the massive domestic issues, the NHS, housing, jobs; there's so much that we need to be getting on with so I hope this isn't just for a one day event but parliament will continue to sit whilst our country is in crisis.

CB: What was the mood at the Labour policy conference when the ruling came down?

RM: I would say people were feeling that justice had been served. The atmosphere was incredible in the conference hall as people came to the realisation that this Prime Minister who cheated and lied is now being held to account. It feels like justice is being served.

CB: Anna Soubry stood outside the court afterwards with Caroline Lucas and Ian Blackford and mentioned having a government of national unity, is that something you'd be interested in - a coalition?

RM: I personally think Jeremy Corbyn is the leader of the opposition and should immediately form a government. He has said it would be a caretaker government just to sort out the issue of Brexit. I think that's what we all want. I think that's what the whole country wants. Therefore, I think he would be the appropriate person. Clearly, we want to work very closely with parties opposed to this government but we really have got to find the best way of moving on in the national interest now and to do so rapidly. So I don't want political gameplay, I think we need to just move forward and to ensure that we can just secure the future of our country.

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