The petition against the planned suspension of the British parliament was signed more than a million times within a few hours. The signature campaign was put online on Wednesday and around midnight (Dutch time) the counter had already passed the one million mark.
The petition is on a website of the British parliament. That should consider a debate if more than 100,000 people sign. That limit has been amply met. The Independent reports that the number of signatories per hour at some point increased to nearly 90,000.
The petitioner writes that the parliament should not be suspended or dissolved unless "sufficient" Brexit deferment has been arranged or the British departure from the European Union is canceled at all. The current deadline is October 31; that is in 64 days.
The departure from the EU is very controversial: in the referendum, a narrow majority of 52 percent of voters voted in favor of leaving the union.
The previous British Prime Minister Theresa May was unable to find a majority in parliament for any scenario. Her deal with the EU was voted out several times.
143New Prime Minister Johnson: "Brexit succeeds on October 31"
Johnson necessarily wants to leave the EU, even without a deal
The United Kingdom must have left the European Union by 1 November at the latest. The Johnson government has announced on several occasions that the country will resign on 31 October, regardless of whether an agreement with Brussels precedes it.
At the request of the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the parliament was suspended for several weeks in September and October. There was a big fuss about that.
As a result, parliamentarians have less meeting time in the run-up to the Brexit. Only on October 14 will the new parliamentary year be opened with the Queen's traditional throne speech. That is two weeks before the Brexit deadline on 31 October.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside parliament
According to Johnson, the so-called "prorogation" of the parliament is needed to give his government time to "make attractive plans". Critics state that as a result, parliamentarians have almost no time to discuss legislative proposals that must prevent a 'no-deal Brexit'.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the parliament on Wednesday evening. The opposition speaks of a "coup" by Johnson. John Bercow, president of the lower house, called the move of the Johnson government a "constitutional disgrace" on Wednesday. The back door in the law that Johnson relies on has not been used in four centuries.
MPs who want to prevent an exit without agreement will have to take action next week when the recess ends, said former finance minister, Philip Hammond, Wednesday night. Hammond is a party member of Johnson, but does not support a hard Brexit.
'Reopening negotiations is now no longer possible'
The opposition is also unhappy about Johnson's move. Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn has written a letter to Queen Elizabeth to express his "serious concerns." The Liberal Democrats, a smaller opposition party that has always been anti-Brexit, did the same. Both opposition parties want a conversation with Queen Elizabeth.
The Irish Foreign Minister, Simon Coveney, responded to the news from the neighboring country by reiterating that abolishing the backstop arrangement for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is not an option. Renegotiating within the six to ten weeks that may still be available for this, will not work, according to the minister.
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