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Bishop's Stortford's Green MEP calls on Boris to resign after court ruling

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Bishop's Stortford's first Green MEP Catherine Rowett has reacted to the Supreme Court ruling that the prorogation of parliament is unlawful by calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign.

With six others, she represents the East of England - Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk - at the European Union's parliament.

The former university lecturer, elected earlier this year, joined other Green MEPs in a joint statement, saying: "Boris Johnson's attempt to shut down the UK parliament to prevent democratic scrutiny of his Brexit plans has been found to be unlawful.

Catherine Rowett, Green Party MEP for East of England (17434026)
Catherine Rowett, Green Party MEP for East of England (17434026)

"The rule of law is one of the fundamental values of the European Union and its member states. No one is above the law and we are glad to see that the Supreme Court has shown that again today. This attempt to undermine our democracy shows that Boris Johnson is unfit to hold the office of Prime Minister and he should resign immediately.

"Johnson's move to close down our democratic institutions was a move in the wrong direction. We need more democracy, not less, and ultimately the final decision on our future in the European Union should be made by the people through a referendum - a People's Vote.

"But this isn't just about Brexit. This case shows that our democratic systems in the UK are broken, unfit for a country in the modern world. We need a written constitution to prevent leaders abusing their powers and we need a more democratic election system so that no one party can dominate our political system when it is only supported by a minority of people.

"Parliament should reconvene straight away so that our elected representatives can begin to chart a sensible path through this national crisis."

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