1 million sign petition against parliament suspension in UK

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, dpa reported.

“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.

The petition, which passed the 1-million mark before midnight, was posted a day before Johnson announced his request to suspend parliament ahead of the country’s pending exit from the European Union.

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Opposition leaders say Johnson’s request is an intentional attempt to hamper efforts by lawmakers to block a no-deal Brexit.

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”.

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