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Protests in London today: Thousands protested against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who suspended the parliament



Prime Minister Boris Johnson has with his provocative decision to suspend the British Parliament for some time, in London and in other cities in which the deadline for withdrawal from the European Union has expired, come under attack on Saturday protesters took to the streets. Parts of central London were brought to a standstill when people sang "Boris Johnson, ashamed," BBC News reports.

The demonstrations were scheduled in anticipation of a fierce debate in Parliament this week as Johnson's adversaries sought to pass laws that would prevent him from conducting Brexit on October 31

without an approved repurchase agreement.

An estimated 10,000 people gathered in central London while others protested in Belfast, York and other cities to demonstrate their determination to block Brexit's "no deal". Demonstrators in London briefly blocked traffic on a downtown bridge and in Trafalgar Square.

The Labor Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who had called on his supporters to appear in large numbers, told thousands at a rally in Glasgow, Scotland, that the message with Johnson was simple: "No way, it's our parliament . "

  Protest against Brexit in London
Protesters block the entrance to Whitehall during a protest against Brexit in London, United Kingdom, on August 31, 2019.

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Corbyn said Johnson, who became Prime Minister by a vote of conservative party members instead of parliamentary elections, has no mandate to close the parliament or leave the EU without a deal being reached. Many economists and academics believe a Brexit without agreement would lead Britain into a prolonged recession.

"It's not working and we do not have it," said Corbyn.

Johnson's decision to close parliament for several weeks when a debate on Brexit plans was expected on Saturday triggered an angry crowd of protesters.

There was also a small group of counter-demonstrators marching in support of Johnson in Westminster, London.

According to the organizers, protests took place in more than 30 locations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In London they sang: "Boris Johnson, be ashamed." Some carried signs saying "Stop the coup" in terms of what they say is a movement that threatens democracy.

The protests were organized by the anti-Brexit group Another Europe Is Possible and by Momentum, which is allied with the opposition Labor Party. The group urges its members to "fill bridges and block roads".

Johnson's plan is also being rejected by some MPs who want to introduce laws this week to prevent a disorderly exit from the European Union.

  Stop the coup protests against parliamentary preparation across the UK
Protesters against Brexit protest on August 31, 2019 in Whitehall in London, England. The left-wing group Momentum and the People's Assembly are coordinating a series of "Stop The Coup" protests across the UK aimed at Boris Johnson and the Parliament.

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Your task will be hampered if Johnson's plan to close Parliament for part of the period before the Brexit deadline of October 31st expires.

Johnson's supporters may be able to delay the timely enactment of a bill. Tactics could include the introduction of a series of amendments to discuss or the use of filibustering to bring the process to a halt.

The closure of Parliament is also challenged in three separate legal proceedings, which are to be negotiated next week.

Former Prime Minister John Major has joined one of the lawsuits, increasing the likelihood that he will argue in court that the current Prime Minister, a member of the Conservative Party, is acting inappropriately through the closure of Parliament.

Johnson, who helped lead the successful Brexit referendum campaign, said his government is actively pursuing a new agreement with EU leaders, claiming that opposition to its policies would make it more difficult to make concessions to Europe.


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