In Summary
  • It sparked protests across the country, a legal challenge and a petition with more than a million signatures.
  • The government said the five-week suspension in September and October will still allow time to debate Brexit.

The prime minister's decision to suspend Parliament has prompted an angry backlash from MPs and opponents of a no-deal Brexit.

It sparked protests across the country, a legal challenge and a petition with more than a million signatures.

The government said the five-week suspension in September and October will still allow time to debate Brexit.

But critics said it was an "undemocratic" attempt to stop MPs from blocking no deal.

DEAL

Cabinet minister Michael Gove told the BBC the suspension, which was approved by the Queen on Wednesday, was "certainly not" a political move to obstruct opposition to the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

He said there would be "plenty of time" to debate Brexit before the scheduled departure date of 31 October.

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