Labour MP calls for ‘peaceful protest and civil disobedience’ if parliament prorogued
- Credit: Corbis via Getty Images
Labour MP David Lammy has called for people to 'take to the streets' if Boris Johnson suspends parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.
The Tottenham MP tweeted in reaction to the BBC reports that the government was planning the move on September 9, followed by a reopening with the Queen's Speech on October 14.
Reports: Government to ask Queen to suspend parliamentThis would drastically limit the time MPs have to block a no-deal Brexit with legislation.
Reacting, Lammy took to Twitter to call Johnson an "unelected poundshop dictator" for the reports of his attempting to silence parliament on "the biggest issue of our time".
Lammy had already signalled his willingness to protest when earlier rumours of a planned prorogation circulated.
"This constitutional outrage will spark civil disobedience and I for one will actively participate," he tweeted.
You may also want to watch:
The tweet was received poorly by Brexit-supporting Twitter users who interpreted this as a call for violence, prompting Lammy to correct them.
"Civil disobedience has a long non violent tradition," responded Lammy. "Eg Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of India's independence movement Gandhi and civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King."
- 1 Liz Truss accused of freeports 'catastrophic blunder' following Brexit deals
- 2 The truth about 'buy British'
- 3 Downing Street announces plans to change English voting system following string of Labour victories
- 4 Britons living in Spain are being refused Covid jab 'due to Brexit', report claims
- 5 Could Mexican Coke spark a new Coca-Cola cold war?
- 6 Tories could push for 2023 general election after axing key legislation
- 7 A view from inside the Heathrow petri dish
- 8 The man the Soviet Union left in space
- 9 Boris Johnson under investigation over luxurious Caribbean holiday
- 10 How Brexit dealt a hammer blow to diplomatic relations
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.