Brexit: Donald Trump tweets support for Boris Johnson

The pair met in person last week

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Boris Johnson asked the Queen to suspend Parliament until her speech on October 14, which she has now approved.

Opposition parties have accused the Prime Minister of requesting the suspension to prevent any attempts by MPs to block a no-deal Brexit.

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17.30 - Donald Trump tweets praise for Boris Johnson

The US president has reaffirmed his backing for Mr Johnson on Twitter, just days after the pair met in person at the G7 summit in Biarritz last week.

Mr Trump said the Prime Minister was "exactly what the UK has been looking for" in a tweet posted in the wake of the news that he is suspending Parliament until October 14.

"Would be very hard for Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, to seek a no-confidence vote against New Prime Minister Boris Johnson, especially in light of the fact that Boris is exactly what the U.K. has been looking for, & will prove to be “a great one!” Love U.K," he wrote.


16.00 - Sturgeon: Boris acting like a 'dictator'

Nicola Sturgeon has hit out at the Prime Minister over his plan to suspend Parliament, accusing him of acting like a "dictator".

Boris Johnson's actions make it "clearer than ever that Scotland cannot be properly served by a shambolic, crumbling Westminster system, and that our future lies as an independent country", she added.


15.00 - Queen approves request to prorogue Parliament

The Queen has approved an order to suspend Parliament no earlier than September 9 and no later than September 12, until October 14.

The Prime Minister announced today that he had spoken to the Queen to request the suspension, which could help him push through a no-deal Brexit unchallenged.


14.00 - Thousands sign petition to block suspension

A petition against the suspension of Parliament has passed 100,000 signatures, meaning it will be considered for a parliamentary debate.

It was created earlier this month, however it leapt from a handful of signatures to more than 330,000 in a matter of hours, after Boris Johnson announced plans to suspend Parliament in the second sitting week.

The government must respond to all petitions that gather more than 10,000 signatures, and petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures will be considered for debate.

The petition said: “Parliament must not be prorogued or dissolved unless and until the Article 50 period has been sufficiently extended or the UK's intention to withdraw from the EU has been cancelled.”

Only British citizens or UK residents have the right to sign the petition.

Nearly 250 people from Mr Johnson’s constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip have signed so far.


13.00 - Jess Phillips: 'Credible PM' would not suspend Parliament

Jess Phillips has accused Boris Johnson of “initiating a constitutional crisis” with his plan to suspend Parliament.

The Labour MP wrote: “You may have delighted the hacks and hardliners with your latest wicked wheeze. But you’re not fooling anyone.”

“You’re gambling that the trappings of office will give you an advantage in this game of chance. It is a mighty gamble. And for the people I represent, it is not a game.”

She added: “This is not the actions of a credible Prime Minister, you will lose and take the people down with you.”

Not everyone has reacted negatively, with DUP leader Arlene Foster welcoming the move.

“We welcome the decision to hold a Queen's Speech marking the start of a new session of Parliament on 14 October where the Government will set out its new domestic legislative agenda,” she said.

“The new session of Parliament will set a new domestic legislative programme which can deal with the matters most important to people such as their safety, their schools and their hospitals.”


12.30 - Labour leader 'outraged'

Jeremy Corbyn said Boris Johnson’s plans to suspend Parliament ahead of the Brexit deadline were an “outrage" and a "threat to democracy”.

The Labour leader said: “I am appalled at the recklessness of Johnson's government, which talks about sovereignty and yet is seeking to suspend Parliament to avoid scrutiny of its plans for a reckless no-deal Brexit.

“If Johnson has confidence in his plans he should put them to the people in a general election or public vote.”

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said it is “blindingly obvious” that Mr Johnson is shutting-down Parliament to stop any Brexit debate and it is “vital” MPs can have their say.

“Shutting down Parliament would be an offence against the democratic process and the rights of parliamentarians as the people's elected representatives,” he said.

"Surely at this early stage in his premiership, the Prime Minister should be seeking to establish rather than undermine his democratic credentials and indeed his commitment to parliamentary democracy.”

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said the announcement makes both a no-confidence motion in Mr Johnson and a general election “more likely”.

He called it a “positive move” for Brexiters, but warned the Prime Minister against pursuing any Withdrawal Agreement.

“If he does, then The Brexit Party will fight him every inch of the way. But if he now wants a clean break Brexit then we would like to help him secure a large majority in a general election,” he said.