Chaotic scenes in House of Commons as MPs attempt to block prorogation of UK parliament
The five-week suspension of parliament began in the early hours of this morning.
Rebellious MPs sang, chanted and attempted to block Speaker John Bercow from entering the House of Lords after voting to reject Johnson’s second attempt to call a general election last night.
Later, Scottish and Welsh MPs began singing as they waited for Bercow to return from the House of Lords where the prorogation ceremony was taking place, passing the time while opposition MPs remained in the House of Commons to protest against the move.
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But Johnson insisted he would not delay Brexit, despite the passing of a bill that could force him to do so if he fails to reach an agreement with the EU.
The prorogation – or suspension – of parliament will now take effect for the next five weeks.
Johnson says he wants to revise the deal agreed by his predecessor, Theresa May, which MPs rejected, but says this requires keeping open the option of walking away.
The Benn bill – which became law on Monday – would force Johnson to delay Brexit until January or later if he cannot get a deal with Brussels.
“We degrade this parliament at our peril,” he warned lawmakers, to a sustained ovation from largely opposition MPs.Read more: TheJournal.ie
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