Boris Johnson's attempt to prorogue Parliament is "an assault on democracy" says North East MEP Jude Kirton-Darling

28 August 2019

In light of today’s news that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to ask the Queen for a prorogation of Parliament from early September, Labour MEP for the North East Jude Kirton-Darling said:

“Seeking to tie the hands of our Parliament and force the country into a catastrophic no-deal Brexit is an offence against democracy by an unelected Prime Minister who has proved himself to be a serial liar. It’s also an affront to the people of this country who can clearly see through Boris Johnson’s attempt to cover his scheming. Promising new and ‘exciting’ policies by proroguing Parliament won’t cover the stench of what this truly is: an unprecedented assault on our democracy.

“Let’s not forget that current MPs took up their seats in Westminster after the 2016 Referendum, having been elected on manifestos that explicitly opposed a no-deal Brexit. But just as no-deal has no mandate, neither does Boris Johnson. He is a liability who let down the people of London as their Mayor, repeatedly embarrassed our country on the global stage as Foreign Secretary and who is taking us to extreme lengths to push an economic vandal's agenda as the UK’s unelected Prime Minister.

"The suggestions made by some commentators that this is a ruse to either force MPs to block him ahead of a general election fought on a betrayal narrative of 'MPs vs The People', or ahead of a last minute vote on a Withdrawal Agreement similar to that rejected three times by MPs, show the lack of regard that Johnson and his aides have for the mother of all parliaments.”

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