'This is an Eton coup' politicians react to Boris Johnson's plan to suspend parliament

Boris Johnson is expected to seek an extended suspension of Parliament ahead of the Queen's Speech on October 14 in a move which could hamper efforts by MPs to block a no-deal Brexit.


Party leaders and senior politicians have been split with their reaction to the news.

"So it seems that Boris Johnson may actually be about to shut down Parliament to force through a no deal Brexit. Unless MPs come together to stop him next week, today will go down in history as a dark one indeed for UK democracy."

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"Boris Johnson's plan to suspend Parliament is an assault on our democracy. "This is the people's Parliament and the people deserve to have their representatives in Parliament during this vital period. This is the opposite of taking back control."
"This is an Eton coup and a democratic outrage. I hope that Ruth Davidson will join the chorus of condemnation that this decision deserves and confirm that Scottish Conservatives will oppose any measures to prevent parliament having its say."
"Wasnt this meant to be about 'taking back control'? The act of a cowardly PM who knows his reckless No Deal Brexit will never gain the support of MPs. #BlockTheCoup"
"However it is dressed up, it is blindingly obvious that the purpose of prorogation now would be to stop Parliament debating Brexit and performing its duty in shaping a course for the country."
"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. This is an outrage and a threat to our democracy"
"The Government's announcement today makes a confidence motion now certain, a general election more likely and is seen as a positive move by Brexiteers. The unanswered question is whether Boris Johnson intends to pursue the Withdrawal Agreement"
"This has been the longest parliamentary session since the Union of England and Scotland in 1707. We welcome the decision to hold a Queen's Speech marking the start of a new session of Parliament on October 14 where the Government will set out its new domestic legislative agenda. This will be an opportunity to ensure our priorities align with those of the Government"
"'Taking back control' has never looked so sinister," he tweeted. "As a fellow parliamentarian, my solidarity with those fighting for their voices to be heard. "Suppressing debate on profound choices is unlikely to help deliver a stable future EU - UK relationship."