Scuffle breaks out in British Parliament as suspension takes effect

The British PM’s controversial suspension of Parliament took effect Tuesday, but not before protests and a scuffle broke out between MPs.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s controversial suspension of Parliament took effect early Tuesday, and lawmakers did not go quietly: they chanted, held up protest signs, and tried to physically restrain the Speaker from leaving his chair to end the session.

Outraged at the government’s ploy to shut down Parliament for five weeks, less than eight weeks before the country is due to leave the EU, Parliament’s Speaker, John Bercow, initially resisted participating in the ceremonial formalities to suspend Parliament, and a scuffle broke out as opposition MPs tried to keep him in his seat.

Bercow eventually agreed to participate in the ceremony to trigger the suspension, but not before delivering a withering indictment on the government’s actions. “I do want to make the point that this is not a normal prorogation,” he said.

“It’s one of the longest for decades and it represents, not just in the minds of many colleagues, but huge numbers of people outside, an act of executive fiat.”

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  1. Out of Thin Air
    September 12, 2019

    Folks, I have a proposal that will be a lot less complicated and costly than the upcoming general elections.

    Let us lace up Skerrit and Linton in a pair of red and blue Everlast boxing gloves respectively and let them slug it out it out on election day in a boxing ring at the Windsor Park.

    Tickets will be offered on a lottery basis with the unfortunate lottery losers having the opportunity to watch this mega showdown via live TV.

    The winner of the bout would be declared Prime Minister. Details on the selection of the MPs are pending. Recommendations from the public are welcomed.

    For those who who are quick to dismiss my recommendation as a ridiculous idea, I ask you to consider the absurd recent British Parliament slugfest and the continuous, ridiculous all out political war occurring daily on the DNO comment posts.

  2. September 11, 2019

    Hummmmmm! i wonder what Allix Boyd Knight”s reaction would have been if she were Speaker of that Parliament; interesting. It’s the British Parliament madame speaker for crying out loud.

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