Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2019

Brexit news: EU slammed over Boris plan – Bulgarian PM says he would be a dictator | UK | News

Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov said he would have faced accusations of leading a “dictatorship” if he decided to carry out a similar plan. His outburst came as a thinly veiled warning to Ursula von der Leyen on how to handle rule of law complaints across member states in the future. He went on to say that there are differing standards of freedom of expression in the West and East.

Standing next to the European Commission president-elect, Mr Borissov said: “Can you imagine what would happen if I shut down parliament?

“Can you imagine the accusations of dictatorship.”

The EU’s top officials have all refused to comment on Mr Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament.

The Commission claims it will not meddle in a member state’s domestic affairs.

During her visit to Sofia, the Bulgarian leader told Ms von der Leyen that there is an onus on the bloc’s richer countries to invest in their eastern partners.

Mr Borissov said the West “has the obligation to invest a lot of money” in the newer member states in the East.

He added: “Lots of brains, lots of people of the former Eastern bloc go to work in the West and now Europe has to invest a lot for Eastern Europe.”

Ms von der Leyen pleaded for Bulgaria’s help in tackling climate change, illegal migration and demographic changes across the bloc.

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The Speaker, who declared himself furious with the decision to suspend Parliament, is expected to grant an emergency debate next Tuesday to help MPs win control of the order paper from the Government.

This would allow MPs to give themselves a few sitting days until Parliament is suspended to pass legislation to delay or block Brexit.

Between 20 and 40 Tory MPs are considering voting with Labour to pass the laws that block a no-deal Brexit.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to his MPs urging them to join protests against Mr Johnson.

The hard-left Momentum group called for its supporters to “occupy bridges and blockade roads” in a show of defiance.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab today dismissed Remainer outrage at the Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue Parliament as “nonsense”.

He said: “The idea that this is some kind of constitutional outrage is nonsense.

“It’s actually lawful, it’s perfectly proper and there is precedent for it.

“But actually, fundamentally, for the people watching, they want to see we are leaving the EU.”

“We’ve had one of the longest parliamentary sittings in the last 400 years talking nothing but Brexit,” he added.

“We have the chance to scrutinise all aspects of Brexit by the end of October. There will be time before the October council and after it.”

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