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UK: Londoners react to Johnson asking Queen to suspend parliament03:24

UK: Londoners react to Johnson asking Queen to suspend parliament

United Kingdom, London
August 28, 2019 at 15:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

London residents reacted on Wednesday to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to ask the Queen to suspend the UK's Parliament from mid-September.

"I think he's doing the right thing for the country. You know, we've had this for three years and now he's actually stepped to the plate and said to the EU 'no, we want out, you know, we want this,'" said London resident Robert.

"To hear the news that he's trying to shut down Parliament so that they can get what they want passed in the way that they want is just criminal to me," said London resident Fahid. "Government is supposed to represent the people and to shut down Parliament, which is representative of the people, is contradictory."

"I think he's a liar, constantly, but I think he's probably the best person in that position ," said London resident Richard. "Maybe he will get a deal by saying he won't go for a deal instead of just agreeing with what is going on."

The Queen approved Johnson's request on Wednesday, meaning that parliament will be suspended from mid-September to October 14. Brexit is due to take place on October 31, and the Prime Minister has vowed that the UK will leave the European Union on that date with or without a deal.

According to Johnson the purpose of the suspension is to allow for a new legislative programme to be set out in a new Queen's speech, but the record breaking length of the prorogation has sparked criticism from opponents who say that it's a gambit intended to limit scrutiny of his Brexit plans.

The move by Johnson was condemned as a "constitutional outrage" by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that his party will put forward legislation to prevent parliament being suspended.

UK: Londoners react to Johnson asking Queen to suspend parliament03:24
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London residents reacted on Wednesday to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to ask the Queen to suspend the UK's Parliament from mid-September.

"I think he's doing the right thing for the country. You know, we've had this for three years and now he's actually stepped to the plate and said to the EU 'no, we want out, you know, we want this,'" said London resident Robert.

"To hear the news that he's trying to shut down Parliament so that they can get what they want passed in the way that they want is just criminal to me," said London resident Fahid. "Government is supposed to represent the people and to shut down Parliament, which is representative of the people, is contradictory."

"I think he's a liar, constantly, but I think he's probably the best person in that position ," said London resident Richard. "Maybe he will get a deal by saying he won't go for a deal instead of just agreeing with what is going on."

The Queen approved Johnson's request on Wednesday, meaning that parliament will be suspended from mid-September to October 14. Brexit is due to take place on October 31, and the Prime Minister has vowed that the UK will leave the European Union on that date with or without a deal.

According to Johnson the purpose of the suspension is to allow for a new legislative programme to be set out in a new Queen's speech, but the record breaking length of the prorogation has sparked criticism from opponents who say that it's a gambit intended to limit scrutiny of his Brexit plans.

The move by Johnson was condemned as a "constitutional outrage" by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that his party will put forward legislation to prevent parliament being suspended.