Protest against suspension of British parliament flared

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The suspension of the British parliament has led to much protest. People have taken to the streets and a petition has been signed more than 1.1 million times. The question is how much sense the mass protest makes, says correspondent Tim de Wit.

Politicians immediately threatened to go to court in response to Prime Minister Johnson’s move. According to critics, Johnson suspended parliament longer than normal to force a no-deal brexit. To put parliament out of action would be “undemocratic”. Due to the suspension, there would be too little time left for the House of Commons to debate the Brexit.

According to the prime minister, enough time remains, but opponents are not comfortable with this. A demonstration was held last night. A large number of people walked from parliament to Downing Street, to the prime minister’s residence. Protesters shouted “stop the coup” and carried anti-brexit banners and European flags.

The noise has also erupted on social media. On Twitter the hashtags #AbolishTheMonarchy and #StopTheCoup are trending. Images of the protests are frequently shared, and many people express their concerns.

The Lower House will return from the summer break next week. A recess starts again from 9 September, which should last until 14 October. The parliament is supposed to be in recess between 13 September and 8 October because of party meetings, but Johnson wants to add a few days to that.

Johnson says that the Brexit will continue on October 31, preferably with an exit agreement with the European Union, but without a deal if necessary. A majority of the lower house does not want the latter to happen.

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