Petition demanding moves to suspend Commons are halted races to more than 800,000 just hours after Boris Johnson’s shock move as protesters descend on Parliament
- Boris Johnson is pledging to take Britain out of the EU by the end of October
- He has moved to suspend Parliament for five weeks ahead of planned exit
- Prime Minister plans to reopen Parliament just over two weeks before Brexit
Boris Johnson plans to reopen Parliament about two weeks before the UK is meant to leave the EU
A petition opposing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for a month in the run-up to the planned Brexit date of October 31 gained more than 800,000 signatures just hours after the announcement.
Johnson set October 14 for the formal state opening of a new session of parliament that is preceded by a suspension of the House of Commons, effectively shutting parliament from mid-September and limiting its ability to delay Brexit.
He has pledged to take Britain out of the European Union, even if this means leaving without a transition deal.
The petition on the Parliament’s website reached 800,000 signatures at 8.45pm this evening, easily exceeding the threshold of 100,000 which triggers a largely symbolic parliamentary debate.
A petition earlier this year calling for Brexit to be stopped gained a record 6.1 million signatures.
Protesters descended on Parliament this afternoon following Johnson’s move to suspend it until October 14
Pictured: Pro-EU demonstrations outside Parliament after protesters branded Johnson’s move undemocratic this afternoon
Protesters branded the suspension of Parliament undemocratic this afternoon as they gathered in Westminster, central London
Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer addresses the anti-Brexit crowd outside the Houses of the Parliament in London
An animated Diane Abbott blasts the decision to suspend Parliament at Westminster this afternoon
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell took a turn on the microphone as Labour MPs lined up to blast the Government
But this did nothing to shift the government’s view that it needs to implement the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum, in which Britons voted to leave the EU by a margin of 17.4 million to 16.1 million.
A YouGov opinion poll published earlier on Wednesday showed Britons opposed Johnson’s plan to ‘prorogue’ or suspend parliament by a margin of 47 per cent to 27 per cent, with 26 per cent of the 5,734 adults surveyed not expressing a view.