Petition against suspension of Parliament speeds past the one million signatures mark

An online petition calling for the government not to suspend parliament has gathered well over one million signatures.

The e-petition on Parliament’s website gained 100,000 signatures in just a few hours, the threshold it needed for it to be debated by MPs.

Signatures on the petition continue to climb, despite the Queen approving an order on Wednesday afternoon to prorogue Parliament no earlier than September 9 and no later than September 12, until October 14.

Thousands of people protested against the plans to suspend Parliament, with rallies in London, Edinburgh and other cities within hours of Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing the decision.

Critics, including Commons Speaker John Bercow, called the move a “constitutional outrage”, designed to stop MPs from intervening as the UK heads towards a no-deal Brexit on October 31.

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But the protests were dismissed as “phoney” by Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg.

He said the move was not intended to limit the time available for MPs to debate Brexit, but will allow the Government to tackle other issues.

“I think the outrage is phoney and it is created by people who don’t want us to leave the European Union and are trying very hard to overturn the referendum result and don’t want the benefits of leaving the European Union.”

He added: “Parliament wasn’t going to be sitting for most of this time anyway. This is completely constitutional and proper.”

With more than one million signatures, the e-petition is now one of Parliament’s top five most-signed proposals.

In March, a petition entitled “Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU” gathered more than six million signatures, becoming the best-supported proposal in the history of the House of Commons and Government’s e-petitions website.

The now-closed petition was rejected by the Government, in a response explaining that revoking Article 50 would “undermine” democracy.

Featured image via UK Parliament

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    1. speeds, Petition against suspension of Parliament
      past the one million signatures mark
      voter + resident alike of U.K. N/Ireland/Scotland/Wales
      I voted to leave E.U. MESS fully without back stop deal in the W/BILL at all.
      But I did not vote leave the E.U. without Parliament having a say on the matter this is a personal thing Boris + Tory rich backers are after doing now!
      Not what I voted for back in 2016 E.U. referendum vote a fact. Boris is taking our elected M.P.s right away to have a look at or a vote on, his new deal with E.U.
      (If he gets one that is?)
      I believe Boris is closing Parliament so he and his some-what doggy Minister can sign off on Ms May old W/BILL
      With Backstop fully in it.
      No new deal at all being made or struck by Boris just some word changing to the Ms May old bill.
      This is ‘why Boris’ is closing Parliament down to prevent the rights of over elected M.P. in H.O.C. +Parliament form stopping him + his doggy Minister sign off on the deal he put back to E.U. members before Holidays time frame.
      The action here Boris is doing now is because I believe he has already sign off a deal with E.U. plus N/Ireland D.U.P. party, therefore, he must close parliament to proven any M.P. looking at the deal before it as gone into law in E.U. fully ongoing now over Holiday time frame.

      If what I have put here all Tory Govt member is not correct, I suggest you tell me so plus prove to me and the voter of U.K. the true reason for closing parliament down Boris + Tory doggy Minister on frontbench now under Boris rule

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