New Brexit drama: government ordered to hand over all information on prorogation

Boris Johnson: Let’s hope he isn’t trying to delete any messages that might cause him discomfort if forced to explain them to Parliament!

It seems the first controversy to happen during the prorogation of Parliament is about the very same shutdown.

MPs have passed a backbench motion ordering Boris Johnson to hand over all documents relating to Downing Street’s preparations for a “no deal” Brexit and to the prorogation, along with all private messages by his most senior aides relating to these matters.

The reason, according to The Guardian, is so rebel MPs can “prove he misled Parliament”.

The Graun continues:

MPs voted to force him to publish Operation Yellowhammer documents setting out government plans by 11pm on Wednesday.

The motion, known as a humble address to the Queen, also directed Johnson to disclose messages relating to the prorogation of parliament sent by his senior adviser Dominic Cummings and various other aides on WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Facebook messenger, private email accounts both encrypted and unencrypted, text messaging and iMessage and the use of both official and personal mobile phones.

Senior government aides suggested No 10 would refuse to comply with MPs’ demands, potentially putting Johnson and senior members of his administration in contempt of parliament.

That tends to imply that there’s an inconvenient revelation in those messages, doesn’t it?

We’ll know by Thursday.

Expect drama.

Source: MPs order Johnson to hand over aides’ messages about prorogation | Politics | The Guardian

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