Parliament prorogued: Opposition parties issue ‘demand’ that Boris Johnson backtracks on suspension plan

Opposition parties have issued a joint statement to “demand” that Boris Johnson backtrack on his plan to prorogue Parliament

The statement has been released by Labour, the SNP, Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru, The Independent Group for Change and the Green Party. 

They state that the plan should be stopped or alternatively put to a vote by MPs in the Commons. 

The statement reads: “It is our view that there is a majority in the House of Commons that does not support this prorogation, and we demand that the Prime Minister reverses this decision immediately or allows MPs to vote on whether there should be one.”

It also states that the parties feel the suspension has been put in place “with the sole aim of stopping MPs from avoiding a no-deal Brexit”.

The PM has previously denied he has been motivated by Brexit, instead stating he made the move to allow him to lay out a new “legislative agenda”.

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The statement continues: “We condemn the undemocratic actions of Boris Johnson following his suspension of Parliament until October 14.

“There is no mandate from the public for a damaging no-deal Brexit. The Prime Minister is shutting down Parliament with the sole aim of stopping MPs from avoiding a no-deal Brexit.

“This will be the longest prorogation in recent history, and one that comes at a critical moment in the history of our respective nations and the Brexit process.

“Voters are being deprived of the opportunity to have their representatives hold the Government to account, make any key decisions, and ensure there is a lawful basis for any action that is taken.”

It comes as a petition also demanding the action be halted garnered more than 1.5 million signatures. 

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