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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Boris Johnson Suspends UK Parliament
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
It's called prorogation, marking the end of a UK parliamentary session.
It's usually for a week or two at most. Approved by Queen Elizabeth, PM Johnson is suspending it for five weeks — from either September 9 or 12 until October 14, beginning a few days after MPs return next month, the longest period since 1945.
It's part of Johnson's aim to ram through a no-Brexit deal — if he sticks to plan and no agreement is reached with the EU by end of October.
UK parliamentary affairs expert Ruth Fox called what's going on an "affront to parliamentary democracy."
Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn slammed the scheme, saying: "Suspending parliament is not acceptable. It is not on," adding:
"What the prime minister is doing is a smash and grab on our democracy to force through a no deal."
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