People are getting ready to fight back against Boris Johnson’s coup

Boris Johnson on The Andrew Marr Show

Boris Johnson has stated he intends to suspend parliament. He says it’s purely in order to start a new session of parliament. But critics, including Jeremy Corbyn, believe it’s an attempt to force through a no-deal Brexit. And the reaction on social media shows that people will not take this subversion of democracy lying down. Within hours of the announcement, #GeneralStrike and #StopThe Coup were trending on Twitter.

Journalist Paul Mason’s response to shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s tweet summed up what people across the country are thinking:

 

All out!

As some social media users pointed out, calls for a general strike generally don’t gain traction in the UK:

And the calls for a strike aren’t just coming from Remain voters. Leave voters are also worried about what Johnson is proposing to do to our democracy:

Not just about Brexit

We need to be clear. Calls for a general strike are not just about Brexit. They are about a government that is planning to rip apart the final shreds of democracy we have left.

It doesn’t matter whether you voted for Leave or Remain. It shouldn’t even matter if you support a no-deal Brexit. Those who supported leaving the EU waxed lyrical about “taking back control”. This is not taking back control. This is a coup. And we need to stop it.

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