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Corbyn: ‘Prorogation is a constitutional outrage’

Islington North MP set to join forces with other opposition parties in bid to halt a “no-deal” Brexit

30 August, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘This is an attempt by a prime minister who was elected by a very small number of people in the country, the Conservative Party membership, to ride roughshod over parliament’

LABOUR Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused Boris Johnson of a “smash and grab” against democracy after the new prime minister asked for parliament to be suspended for five weeks – a move which will make it harder for MPs to pass legislation to halt a “no-deal” Brexit.

As the Islington North MP began working with the leaders of other opposition parties to discuss how to prevent Mr Johnson from wrenching the United Kingdom out of the EU without an agreement on Halloween, the Queen agreed to a request for a five-week prorogation.

The move narrows the window in which MPs opposed to “no-deal” can organise a resistance before Mr Johnson’s “do or die” deadline.

Mr Corbyn said: “It is a constitutional outrage. This is an attempt by a prime minister who was elected by a very small number of people in the country, the Conservative Party membership, to ride roughshod over parliament.”

Mr Johnson insists the time will be used to bring forward an “exciting” new policy agenda.

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