UK petition against suspending parliament passes one million signatures

Anti-Brexit supporters take part in a protest at College Green near the Houses of Parliament in central London. (AP)

An online petition opposing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move on Wednesday to suspend parliament weeks before Brexit garnered more than one million signatures within a few hours.

On its website, the petition states “parliament must not be prorogued or dissolved unless and until” Britain’s departure from the European Union, scheduled for October 31, has been extended or canceled.

Parliamentary speaker John Bercow said Wednesday the prime minister’s move to suspend the House of Commons from mid-September until October 14 was a “constitutional outrage.”

“It is blindingly obvious” that the move is designed “to stop parliament debating Brexit and performing its duty in shaping a course for the country,” he said, with Britain due to leave the EU on October 31.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:00 - GMT 07:00