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UK Government accused of “undemocratic coup d’état”

28 Aug 2019 2 minutes Read
Liz Saville-Roberts Picture by Plaid Cymru (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The UK Government has has drawn fierce criticism from opposition politicians after asking the Queen to suspend Parliament.

The Queen approved the suspension on Wednesday afternoon. It will happen no earlier than September 9th and no later than September 12th.

The move means the time MPs have to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit on 31st October would be significantly reduced.

Boris Johnson said a Queen’s Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14th October, to outline his “very exciting agenda”.


Plaid Cymru’s Westminster leader, Liz Saville Roberts has described the Prime Minister’s plans as  “an undemocratic coup d’état.”

She said: “This is a cynical and fundamentally anti-democratic move by a man who sees no hypocrisy in shutting down parliament after arguing that leaving the European Union would somehow reinforce the sovereignty of parliament.

“It is a move that you would expect from an autocratic ruler than the Prime Minister of a modern democracy.

“Faced with what could be the most serious abuse of power in living memory, we must do everything we can to defend representative democracy against this undemocratic coup d’état, and I see no exaggeration in calling it just that.”

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow described the move as a “constitutional outrage” and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn confirmed he had written to the Queen to request a meeting “as a matter of urgency… before any final decision is taken”.

“Suspending Parliament is not acceptable, it is not on. What the prime minister is doing is a smash and grab on our democracy to force through a no deal,” he said.

First Minister Mark Drakeford Tweeted:

Jane Dodds, leader the Welsh Liberal Democrats also condemned the move on social media.

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Simon Whitehead
Simon Whitehead
2 years ago

The best defence against this is for an independant Wales, how else are we to preserve democracy?

Gwylon Phillips
Gwylon Phillips
2 years ago

Cymru Rydd am byth!

Terry Wilkinson
Terry Wilkinson
2 years ago

Funny how all those against Boris Johnson are saying he is Undemocratic hypocrisy of the highest level after we voted to Leave the EUSLESS in a democratic referendum

Rhodri Thomas
Rhodri Thomas
2 years ago

Except that the referendum was very far from being democratic. Millions of us were not allowed to vote.

Ryan
Ryan
2 years ago

Why are people so stupid in parliament, they want no deal off the table. Its a negotiation and no deal is our biggest bargaining chip you don’t take that away. No deal is the way to go and what most voters want over the current deal that’s on offer and that Parliament don’t want. We voted leave we need to leave or democracy is dead.

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