Prime Minister Johnson suspends Parliament

Debbie Abraham's statement on the suspension of Parliament ahead of Brexit deadline

The Queen has allowed Boris Johnson to prorogue Parliament from 9th September to 14th October, when there will be a new Queen’s Speech. This is a profoundly undemocratic, unconstitutional and potentially illegal move by the unelected Prime Minister to avoid scrutiny from the elected representatives of the people.

Johnson’s actions are those of a despot, leading an elite clique, seeking to stage a coup.  This Prime Minister is treating Parliament, its elected Members and the citizens of this country with contempt.  No one who voted to ‘take back control’ did so to see Parliamentary sovereignty undermined, with the people’s elected representatives shut out of decisions on Brexit.

I will continue to do all I can, alongside colleagues and other democrats, to ensure Parliament is not suspended to allow this unelected Prime Minister to leave membership of the European Union without a new deal with our nearest neighbours and largest trading partner. We must avoid a ‘no-deal’ Brexit at all costs. All the evidence shows it would be the worst of all outcomes, particularly affecting people in Oldham East and Saddleworth, but detrimentally impacting on the country as a whole. The Prime Minister’s actions today are an affront to democratic accountability and must be stopped.

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