Boris Johnson faces backlash over parliament suspension

By Shayan Shakir

There has been outrage from the public and cross party MPs at Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament in September.

After discussing about the prorogation with the Privy Council, the Queen has given Boris Johnson permission to suspend parliament between 9 September and 14 October.

Several petitions have been signed against the move, with one already reaching a million signatories. Leaders from other opposition parties have also been writing to the monarch on how they disagree with this move.

Some including the Commons speaker John Bercow, called the whole plan a “constitutional outrage” which had been designed to stop Brexit debates. This claim was denied by Mr Johnson in an interview and he said, that the claims are “completely untrue” and that “we are trying to bring forward a new legislative programme”.

Impromptu protests have sprung up in several major British cities including London, Edinburgh and Manchester as the outrage rises. Last night thousands of people gathered in Parliament Square chanting “If you shut down our parliament, we shut down the streets”, and more demonstrations are planned around the country today.

There are also growing concerns about the future of the Union, after Scottish Tory Leader Ruth Davidson stepped down today, stating “much has changed over the years of my leadership – both personally and in the wider political context. While I have not hidden the conflict I have felt over Brexit, I have attempted to chart a course for our party which recognises and respects the referendum result”.

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