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House of Lords calls emergency session to prevent no-deal Brexit         

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
29th Aug 19 3:26 pm

On Wednesday the Queen gave Royal consent to prorogue parliament causing fury amongst many cross-party MPs and the public.

The Privy Council said in a statement on Wednesday, “It is this day ordered by Her Majesty in Council that the Parliament be prorogued on a day no earlier than Monday the 9th day of September and no later than Thursday the 12th day of September 2019 to Monday the 14th day of October 2019.”

On Thursday Lord Young resigned from his posts as whip and government spokesperson for the Cabinet Office in the House of Lords, in protest against Boris Johnson for proroguing parliament.

Lord Young of Cookham who has served every Conservative leader since Margret Thatcher said he “cannot continue to serve” the prime minister.

The House of Lords are to hold a session on Friday and possibly over the weekend to prevent Johnson getting a no-deal by Monday.

On Thursday Paul Brand, ITV political correspondent said Twitter, that a “Senior source in the Lords confident that they can get a bill through to prevent No Deal by Monday, even with filibustering from govt.

“Chamber may sit through the night Friday into Saturday, or even on the weekend.”

Brand also tweeted he has “one slightly fanciful theory” that an election could be called by Johnson should a bill be passed to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Brand said on Twitter, “If MPs pass a bill to prevent No Deal, PM could call an election on Monday/Tuesday next week.

“He’s allowed himself time in Commons to do this, as it’d need to be voted through by 2/3 of MPs.”

Shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner said, “It is going to be extremely difficult.

“That’s why the Government is disingenuous to say this is not about trying to stop us doing that.

“We will be seeking measures on Monday to try and have what is known as a Standing Order Section 24 debate. We will seek to try and put through the appropriate legislation in this constrained timetable that the Government has now put before us.

“Downing Street is lying when it claims this is about the conference recess. If he wanted to get on with his domestic agenda, he would in fact be having a shorter period of prorogation.”

Meanwhile thousands are planning to demonstrate on Saturday outside Downing Street in protest of Johnson proroguing parliament.

Labour MP Clive Lewis tweeted on Wednesday, “If Boris shuts down Parliament to carry out his No-Deal Brexit, I and other MPs will defend democracy.

“The police will have to remove us from the chamber. We will call on people to take to the streets.

“We will call an extraordinary session of Parliament.”

Guardian columnist and campaigner Owen Jones has warned the government that “we are not going to stop” to fight for democracy in protest over Boris Johnson proguing parliament.

Owen Jones, who is a left-wing campaigner, has asked supporters to “take to the streets” to “defend democracy.”


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