Many Britons are upset about the forced break of the parliament imposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Within hours, more than one million people have signed an online petition against the controversial measure. In addition, in several cities in the country thousands of people went on the streets to protest against the project.
Protesters also gathered in front of the Parliament and the seat of government Downing Street in London, which called for an end to the "coup" and Europe flag waving. In the petition, the initiators demand that parliamentary action not be interrupted as long as Britain does not postpone leaving the European Union or withdraw its resignation request.
Too little time to prevent no-Brexit deal
Johnson had previously announced that Parliament would be forced to take a break for several weeks before the EU's exit on 31 October. Queen Elizabeth II accepted the request to extend the traditional break until October 14th. Opposition forces accuse Johnson of wanting to impede efforts by MPs who try to prevent a no-deal Brexit. Due to the extended break, MEPs have far less time to prevent a withdrawal without an agreement by law. In view of the complex legislative process, this is hardly possible anymore.
The parliamentary president John Bercow called the extended break of the session as a "constitutional fraternity". He was not informed about the project in advance. The leader of the Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, spoke of a "scandal". He proposed to Johnson to smash democracy to "force a no-deal Brexit".
For petitions with more than 100,000 signatures, Parliament must allow a debate. Such a meeting took place in April after six million Britons called for a petition to revoke Britain's withdrawal from the EU. Any citizen can bring in such a petition. Beyond the parliamentary debate, it is above all symbolic.