After Queen Elizabeth II supported the proposal of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to suspend parliament for five weeks, protests began in the country. This was told by the BBC and The Guardian .
The rally took place in London, near the Prime Minister’s residence on Downing Street, in Manchester and Edinburgh. Protesters came out with posters against Johnson, and one of them installed a tombstone with the inscription “Rest in Peace, British Democracy.”
Opponents of the prime minister believe that by stopping the work of parliament, he deprives the parliament of the opportunity to fully participate in the discussion of Brexit. Because of this, the deputies allegedly will not be able to prevent the country from withdrawing from the European Union without a deal. According to the Queen’s approved schedule, parliamentarians will gather for the first time after the holidays 17 days before the date of exit from the EU. Johnson previously stated that he would complete Brexit at all costs by October 31 – even if he had to suspend parliament for the sake of it.
According to a YouGov poll, 47% of Britons do not support the suspension of parliament, 27% of respondents called it the right decision.
Speaker of the House of Commons John Birkou believes that the goal of the suspension of parliament is to prevent MPs from discussing Brexit. Labor leader Jeremy Corbin called the Prime Minister’s decision “an attempt to suspend parliament to avoid questions about his reckless plans to implement Brexit without a deal.” In response, Johnson said that the deputies will have enough time to discuss the country’s exit from the EU.
During the day, the petition posted on the parliament’s website to resume the work of the parliament gained more than a million signatures. By law, the government is obliged to respond to any petition that receives more than 10 thousand signatures. Parliament should also debate on petitions gaining more than 100 thousand signatures. However, the petition for the abolition of Brexit, which collected more than five million signatures, did not affect anything.
On the front pages of the latest issues of British newspapers is a discussion of Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament. The Belgian newspaper De Morgen called this event “a very British coup.” The Spanish ABC came out with the headline that “Johnson added the Queen to the UK exit war from the EU.”
On August 28, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain approved the suspension of parliament for five weeks at the request of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The break begins on September 9-12 and ends on October 11.