Robert has co-authored a paper examining Parliamentary approval for the deployment of our Armed Forces. The paper, put together by the Society for Conservative Lawyers, argues that military deployments should be announced to the Commons as soon as possible to allow Parliament the opportunity to scrutinise and debate the issue, but that ultimately military deployment is an executive function that should be taken by the Prime Minister under the Royal Prerogative, upon advice from the National Security Council, intelligence agencies and the military.
Speaking after the launch of the paper at a Parliamentary event this evening, Robert said: “Pleased to have had a hand in this important paper which explores whether Parliamentary approval for the deployment of our Armed Forces is either necessary or desirable. It's a critical constitutional issue and I hope the paper will go some way towards informing the debate about how Parliament best serves our national security interests.
"It was great to join colleagues to launch the paper in Parliament tonight, and glad the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, was able to drop by."
The paper can be read in full here: www.conservativelawyers.com/sites/www.conservativelawyers2.com/files/Armed_Forces_An_Executive_Decision.pdf