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By Fiona Reid
MPs return to Parliament

THE region's two MPs are back in Westminster today after Parliament was recalled following the Supreme Court judgement on Tuesday.

Commenting, Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell said: “The Supreme Court has issued its judgement and clearly the Government requires to comply with it. I am returning to Parliament for its sitting on Wednesday.”

And Scottish Secretary Alister Jack, MP for Dumfries and Galloway, added: “As the Prime Minister has made clear, we will respect the Supreme Court’s judgement, but we respectfully disagree with the decision of the court. The Government wants to have a Queen’s Speech to set out our plans on a wide range of domestic issues. We remain determined to honour the result of the EU referendum and deliver Brexit on 31 October. The Prime Minister is focused on getting a deal at the EU Council next month.”

Meanwhile, South Scotland SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has called on the pair to explain why they backed the shutdown of the UK parliament.

She said: “David Mundell and Alister Jack have some serious explaining to do if they expect the people of Dumfries and Galloway to have any faith in their elected representatives.

“Supporting Boris Johnson’s attempts to pervert democracy just to get his own way and avoid parliamentary scrutiny is an affront to democracy and against the law. The people of this region deserve better.

“It is staggering that both MPs also voted against a Bill introduced to stop a no-deal Brexit from becoming a legal possibility. The impacts of a no-deal scenario on Dumfries and Galloway would be severe.”

Annan and Eskdale, News

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