This morning in the UK, we have woken up in a dictatorship. In an attempt to avoid being held to account, our Prime Minister has shut down Parliament – and #silenced the democracy we have cherished for centuries.
Parliament’s prorogation last night was the climax of a long, chaotic week in British politics. Since the return of MPs from summer recess, we have been transfixed by the government’s manoeuvres to suspend parliament and push through a no deal Brexit that it does not have the votes for, and by MPs’ counter-measures, culminating in the ‘Rebel Alliance’ seizing control of the order paper yet again to pass the Benn Bill.
Boris Johnson could soon be forced to resign as prime minister. Here’s why;
Johnson became prime minister in July on a promise of taking the UK out of the European Union on October 31 with or without a deal.
But last week that plan collapsed after opposition members of Parliament passed a law designed to force Johnson to seek a three-month delay to Brexit.
Johnson immediately tried to overturn this by forcing an early general election before Britain’s planned exit date. However, opposition parties will on Monday vote to veto Johnson’s request when he makes it for a second time.
France’s foreign minister has said it would not grant the UK an extensionbeyond 31 October to negotiate its exit from the bloc amid a “worrying” lack of progress in the recent talks. The comments come at a tumultuous time for Johnson after work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd resigned from cabinet on Saturday evening blaming Brexit inaction. Lawmakers are expected on Monday to reject Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bid for a general election before October’s EU summit for a second time.
“It is clear the only action is to go back to the people and give them the opportunity to decide what they want: Boris to go to Brussels and get a deal, or leave without one on 31 October or Jeremy Corbyn arriving in Brussels with his ‘surrender bill begging for more delay’, more dither and accepting whatever terms Brussels imposes over our nation,” the spokesperson said.
BRITAIN Plan for Brexit. 31 October. Find out what you need to do to prepare at http://gov.uk/brexit