More than one million sign petition to stop Parliament suspension

The petition has over a million signatures

Thursday, August 29, 2019

A petition demanding Parliament is not suspended has amassed over one million signatures.

Hours after Boris Johnson announced yesterday that he would suspend Parliament, the 'Do not prorogue Parliament' petition hit 550,000 signatures, reaching one million shortly after 11pm.

It had just 12,000 signatures before the Prime Minister confirmed his plans, and now has a total of 1,201,450 signatures.

The move to suspend Parliament for five weeks until October 14 has been approved by the Queen, and will affect approximately four sitting days.

Any petition that secures 10,000 signatures is guaranteed a government response and 100,000 names sees the Petitions Committee consider it for debate by MPs.

However, if Parliament is suspended, it is unclear when a debate on the petition will take place.

The petition, which was created by Mark Johnston on Parliament's website, states that Parliament should not be prorogued unless there is another extension of the Brexit deadline or the idea of leaving the European Union is scrapped altogether.

It says: "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."

A number of remain-backing MPs have urged people to sign the petition, including Labour MP Ben Bradshaw.

Tweeting a link to the petition, he wrote: "If you care about our democracy please sign this petition against Johnson closing down our sovereign Parliament to force through a disastrous no deal."

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

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