Political tension heightens in UK as over one million sign petition against Johnson’s suspension of parliament
London, August 29,2019 (AltAfrica)-More than one million people have signed a petition calling for the British parliament not to be suspended from mid-September to mid-October as requested by Prime Minister Boris Johnson
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The petition was attracting signatures at a rate of about 1,000 per minute after Boris Johnson asked the Queen to prorogue parliament from the middle of next month.
It had less than 12,000 signatures before the prime minister confirmed he had asked the Queen to temporarily suspend parliament for five weeks until 14 October. But by 11pm on Wednesday, the petition – set up by Mark Johnston – had attracted more than 1million signatures
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“Parliament must not be prorogued or dissolved unless and until the Article 50 period has been sufficiently extended or the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU has been cancelled,” the petition reads.
Opposition leaders say Johnson’s request is an intentional attempt to hamper efforts by lawmakers to block a no-deal Brexit.
Under the rules of parliamentary petitions, the government responds to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures.
Parliament also considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate among MPs.
However, noting the result of the EU referendum in 2016, Brexiteers suggested signatories should “let us know when it gets to over 17.4 million”
Hundreds of people also staged protest in UK on Wednesday against the suspension with some key figures calling Prime Minister Boris Johnson a dictator.
According to the BBC reports, Mr Johnson said a Queen’s Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14 October, to outline his “very exciting agenda”, adding that he did not want to wait until after Brexit “before getting on with his plans to “take this country forward”.