Published On: Sat, Aug 31st, 2019

Brexit latest: Thousands of protesters to flood streets across UK over Parliament prorogue | Politics | News

Anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible has planned 32 #StopTheCoup protests across England, Scotland and Wales. Hard left Labour group Momentum has also called on its members to “occupy bridges and blockade roads” to add to the unrest on the streets. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell called the Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue parliament an attempt “to shut down democracy”.

He said: “As elected Labour MPs across the country represent their constituents by joining in these protests, I urge other MPs to think of their constituents whose jobs and livelihoods will be put at risk in a no-deal Brexit.

“If Boris Johnson wants a mandate, then he should call a general election and put it to the people.”

Mr McDonnell will also address youth movements at the protest in Downing Street today.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed he will speak at a “major rally” in Salford.

Other demonstrations will be held in cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Swansea, Leeds, Belfast, Bristol and Aberdeen.

Smaller rallies will also take place in Bodmin, Cornwall, and Clotheroe, Lancashire, as well as Amsterdam’s Dam Square and the outside the British Embassy in Riga, Latvia.

When MPs return to Westminster on Tuesday, further mass demonstrations, organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, are planned to take place.

This comes after several demonstrations took place on Friday evening, including a protest in Shrewsbury, where 200 people held a spontaneous rally against the Prime Minister’s plans.

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10.28am update: Top judge Lord Sumption gives stark warning to Gina Miller – ‘Matter for politicians’

Former Supreme Court Justice, Lord Sumption, claimed Gina Miller and John Major are embarking on a “very difficult course” in their challenge to stop Boris Johnson from proroguing Parliament.

The High Court announced it is considering a legal challenge from Gina Miller to prevent Boris Johnson from suspending Parliament to force through a no deal Brexit.

Sir John Major and Tom Watson are joining the legal action, but former Supreme Court Justice Lord Sumption warned they are embarking on a “very difficult course”.

He told Sky News: “The real question here is what are good political priorities and what are bad political priorities.

“I think this is probably correctly described as politically shocking, I share the indignation of many people.

“But it is politically and not legally shocking, and the courts are concerned with legal problems, they are not concerned with vetting the political judgements that are made by prime ministers.

“That is a matter for politicians to deal with, if they don’t like what the Government is doing they have to bring the Government down.”

9.37am update: Javid says he has fantastic relationship with Johnson despite Cummings being sacked

Finance minister Sajid Javid said this morning he had a “fantastic” relationship with Boris Johnson despite reports of a huge row with the Prime Minister after the sacking of one of his aides.

Mr Javid was reported to be ”livid” about the firing of his press aide by Johnson’s top adviser Dominic Cummings, who was looking into whether government officials had helped opponents of the premier’s Brexit plans.

Mr Javid said that though it would be inappropriate to directly discuss personnel issues, his views were “well understood” after the media reports.

But he said he got on well with Mr Johnson.

He told BBC radio: ”The relationship is fantastic with the prime minister.

“(He’s) someone I’ve always got on with incredibly well, and it’s been a real privilege to work with him

so closely.”

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