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Tulip Siddiq. File Photo.
Boris Johnson faced mounting accusations of blasting a hole in the nation’s democratic processes on Wednesday with a move to shut down parliament for five weeks. Labour MP Tulip Siddiq said there would be “outrage” at the tactics the Prime Minister had chosen to adopt, after he asked for permission from the Queen for prorogue parliament – a request she granted.
“Boris Johnson is seeking to shut down parliament – his behavior is nothing less than a democractic outrage,” said Tulip Siddiq. “The people of Camden did not vote for an unelected prime minister, who cannot command a majority, to bypass our democractic system in order to deliver a no-deal Brexit that nobody voted for.”
She added: “From Jeremy Corbyn to Phillip Hammond, the Prime Minister’s actions have sparked outrage. I am determined to resist this anti-democratic behavior every step of the way. We need a second referendum or a general election, and we need it now.”
Under Boris Johnson’s timetable, MPs would return to the Commons for a Queen’s Speech on October 14 – just over a fortnight before the Prime Minister’s “do or die” deadline for leaving Europe.