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Shutting down parliament is an ‘offence against the democratic process’

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
28th Aug 19 11:29 am

The House of Commons speaker John Bercow MP has hit out at Boris Johnson and his attempt to prorogue parliament.

Bercow said, “It is blindingly obvious that the purpose of prorogation now would be to stop Parliament debating Brexit and performing its duty in shaping a course for the country,” saying it is a “constitutional outrage.”

He claims he has had “no contact from the government.” He added, “Shutting down parliament would be an offence against the democratic process and the rights of parliamentarians as the people’s elected representatives.

“Surely at this early stage in his premiership, the prime minister should be seeking to establish rather than undermine his democratic credentials and indeed his commitment to parliamentary democracy.”

Nigel Farage the Brexit Party leader has said that this announcement will make a no confidence vote “more likely.”

Farage said on Twitter, “The government’s announcement today makes a confidence motion now certain, a general election more likely and is seen as a positive move by Brexiteers.

“The unanswered question is whether Boris Johnson intends to pursue the Withdrawal Agreement.”

The former chancellor Philip Hammond wrote on Twitter, “It would be a constitutional outrage if Parliament were prevented from holding the government to account at a time of national crisis. Profoundly undemocratic.”

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