The Cabinet Office publishes a manual outlining the rights, responsibilities and functioning of government. It is a formal document, issued by Parliament and it is available for any interested member of the public to download.
The manual has a section on how government begins when a party has an outright majority in Parliament – and a section on what must happen when no party has a majority.
In that section, at the bottom of page 14, is a paragraph that, in plain and simple English, states that Theresa May is behaving unlawfully in delaying the Queen’s Speech:
“An incumbent government is entitled to wait until the new Parliament has met to see if it can command the confidence of the House‘.
As of today, Parliament has met. Jeremy Corbyn entered the House of Commons to a standing ovation from his party, new MPs took their oath of allegiance and John Bercow was re-elected as Speaker.
Parliament has met.
The deadline for Theresa May to demonstrate she can command the confidence of the House has passed.
Not to demonstrate that she hopes to,. Not to say that she has ‘irons in the fire’.
To demonstrate it. By today.
Instead, all we got was another delay and statement saying she and the DUP hoped to finalise a deal tomorrow. A day too late even if it is not delayed. And a Queen’s Speech put back – for the first time in history – to next week.
As of now, Theresa May is unlawfully in Downing Street when she should be on her way to Buckingham Palace to tender her own and her government’s resignation – and, according to constitutional law experts, Jeremy Corbyn automatically becomes PM.
And nobody in the mainstream media, not one person among all those political reporters, correspondents and pundits, is raising this issue.
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