Outrage as Johnson suspends Parliament to push Brexit through

Several British MPs are outraged after the Queen on Wednesday approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request to prorogue the Parliament for five weeks leaving them just 14 days to block a no-deal Brexit before Oct 31, reports say.

The royal court said the Parliament will be suspended from Sept 9 to Oct 14 and the House will resume its session with the Queen’s speech.

John Bercow, Speaker of the Lower House of Commons, called the move to suspend Parliament an offense against the democratic process and the rights of people’s elected representatives.

The new prime minister, instead of proving his democratic credentials, is trying to undermine it, Bercow alleged.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said opposition MPs will resist Johnson’s smash-and-grab on democracy. When Parliament meets next week, they will take the legislative route to stop Johnson from suspending the Parliament. They will also table a no-confidence motion against Johnson.

If the prime minister loses the trust vote, an election will be called.

Corbyn alleged that Johnson’s government is suspending Parliament to avoid scrutiny of its no-deal Brexit plan.

The Labour leader is seeking a meeting with the Queen.

Other Opposition MPs said no-deal Brexit is no way forward and the decision to suspend Parliament is an affront to democracy. They rejected Johnson’s claim that dissenting MPs have ample time to discuss EU, Brexit and other issues.

Several MPs have written to the Queen in protest.

Some 1 million people have signed an online petition which says Parliament must not be prorogued or dissolved until Article 50 is sufficiently extended or the UK cancels its intention to withdraw from the EU.

Johnson believes the suspension of Parliament is a standard procedure in a democracy. It is not aimed at denying MPs time to stop a no-deal Brexit or setting the stage for early general elections.

The request for weeks-long suspension of Parliament was formally approved by the Queen at a meeting of the Privy Council, her advisory body, at Balmoral Castle, Scotland.

Such decisions made by the government are approved under the Queen’s name.

Before the royal nod, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said if MPs fail to stop Johnson next week, it will be a dark day for UK democracy.

The question before every Briton is will Johnson lead the UK out of the European Union or will there be an early election.