UK: Queen Agrees Request to Suspend Parliament

Parliament suspension sparks furious backlash

Queen Elizabeth II agreed on Wednesday upon British government’s request to suspend the parliament from Sept. 9 until Oct. 14. The approval of the request was announced by a statement of Queen’s Privy Council.

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s move sparked a harsh reaction from the MPs and opponents of a no-deal Brexit. It also  sparked protests across the country, a legal challenge and a petition with more than a million signatures.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Labour Party, called the move as an “outrage”.

“Boris Johnson’s attempt to suspend parliament to avoid scrutiny of his plans for a reckless No Deal Brexit is an outrage and a threat to our democracy,” he said on Twitter.

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow described the move a “constitutional outrage”.

Clive Lewis, a Labour lawmaker, also reacted on Twitter and said they will call for street protests.  “If Boris shuts down Parliament to carry out his No-Deal Brexit, I and other MPs will defend democracy. ” he   stated.

On Wednesday evening protesters gathered in Westminster chanting “stop the coup” and carrying anti-Brexit placards and EU flags.  The demonstration – organised hours beforehand – started outside Parliament before spreading towards Downing Street.

Meanwhile, an e-petition on the government’s website demanding Parliament not be suspended reached more than a million signatures in less than a day.

According to  government, the five-week suspension in September and October will still allow time to debate Brexit.  But critics said it was an “undemocratic” attempt to stop MPs from blocking no deal.

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