ANGRY Remainers stormed a Tory MP’s office today in protest over Parliament’s suspension while cops are braced for demos outside Jacob Rees-Mogg’s home
Pro-EU voters are furious after Boris Johnson asked the Queen to suspend the Commons in the run-up to Brexit.
This daring move will hobble Remainer efforts to stop a No Deal exit from the European Union on October 31.
In response, an ex-Labour councillor candidate Howard Simpson tweeted out Mr Mogg’s home address demanding people turn up to protest.
Mr Simpson later deleted his tweet, but not before he’d told thousands to show up at the Brexiteer’s village in Somerset to demonstrate.
Police have confirmed they were braced for a large demo outside the Commons Leader’s house this evening.
And in extraordinary scenes today, Tory MP Alex Chalk, who actually voted Remain in the referendum, was forced to face down an angry mob outside his Cheltenham office.
In a video clip, Mr Chalk – who is the Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab – attempted to calm down his constituents telling that the move to suspend Parliament sent out the “wrong” message.
And when the MP joked: “What can you do, bring down the government?”, the crowd cheered loudly.
This comes as backers of the Jeremy Corbyn’s grassroots group Momentum urged to “occupy bridges and blockade roads” to protest Boris’ plan to shut down Parliament.
And they called for “Stop The Coup” protests in major cities across Britain for Saturday – followed by a mass demonstration on Tuesday in London to coincide with the return of MPs to Westminster.
Momentum national coordinator Laura Parker, who said she would occupy Parliament if she had to, stormed: “Real power doesn’t sit with the Queen or in Parliament. It’s with us the people – and that’s why we need to take action.
“Our message to Johnson is this: if you steal our democracy, we’ll shut down the streets.
But Tories reacted with fury to Momentum’s ludicrous plan.
David TC Davies told The Sun: “Momentum seem to think that no one should do anything without their permission – and they’re going to block the streets if they don’t get their way.
“And it’s ironic that they are complaining about Parliament being shut down while they are stopping anyone from getting there at all.”
Another MP added: “They appear to be trying to ‘Stop the Coup’ as they put it by launching one of their own.”
A former Labour MP – Tom Blenkinsop – tweeted that Momentum was “playing into the hands of the right” with their fury.
It comes after thousands of people turned up to protest outside Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament last night.
As MPs geared up for a huge Brexit battle next week:
- Labour confirmed plans to seize control of Parliament with an emergency debate next week – to try and force Boris to seek another Brexit extension
- Campaigners and MPs sought to try and block the move to shut down Parliament in the courts
- A million Brits signed a petition opposing Boris’ plan and thousandsprotested outside Parliament last night
- Tory veteran Lord Young – who served under Thatcher, Major and Cameron, quit his role as a whip in the House of Lords over Boris’ plan
- Remain campaigner Gina Miller said she was asking the courts to review the advice Boris gave to the Queen, which she says is illegal
- And Scottish Tory boss Ruth Davidson also quit today over Brexit tensions and her struggle to juggle motherhood
Spontaneous protests are being planned in Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield too.
Earlier today Mr Rees-Mogg urged “teeth-gnashing” Remainers to change the law or boot the Government out – if they can.
The Commons leader led the Government fightback today against pro-EU MPs who have vowed to stop Boris Johnson shutting down Parliament next month.
Mr Rees-Mogg told them to bring it on – and that the Government was ready.
He told the BBC this morning: “All these people who are wailing and gnashing of teeth know that there are two ways of doing what they want to do.
“One, is to change the government and the other is to change the law. If they do either of those, that will then have an effect.
“If they don’t have either the courage or the gumption to do either of those then we will leave on the 31st of October in accordance with the referendum result.”
And he added: “No party should be afraid of the British people.
“If they have a vote of confidence, let’s see if they can win it.”
He said the outrage over shutting down Parliament was “phoney” and blasted Speaker Bercow for his insistent.
The teasing came as he said that Mr Corbyn doesn’t have enough “mates” to win such a vote.
“Nobody wants him to be PM,” he joked, labelling those who are trying to thwart Brexit as spewing out “phoney” outrage because they want to stop us from leaving.
‘JEZZA NO MATES’
“They are trying very hard to overturn the referendum result,” he blasted.
Labour’s Barry Gardiner confirmed to Sky News today that Labour would apply for an emergency debate next week, and would seek to force Boris to get another Brexit extension.
Yesterday Boris asked the Queen for her approval to suspend proceedings for nearly five weeks from as early as September 9 – and she accepted.
Under the extraordinary move, the PM will be able to suspend Parliament no earlier than Monday, September 9 and no later than Thursday, September 12.
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BORIS Johnson has announced he will prorogue – or suspend – Parliament from the middle of September until just a few weeks before the Brexit deadline of October 31.
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