More than fifty British parliamentarians threaten to set up an “alternative parliament” if the lower house is suspended. In this way they can still debate the government’s Brexit policy, they write in a letter to The Guardian.
The letter has been signed by parliamentarians from all major parties, including a number of members of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party. The signatories accuse the prime minister of suspending parliament to pave the way for a no-deal brexit.
“If Boris Johnson succeeds in this unconstitutional coup and locks the doors of the Palace of Westminster (the seat of parliament) in this crucial time, then the parliament should make its voice heard by meeting somewhere else,” says the head of Best for Britain, the organization behind the letter.
Johnson has announced that parliament will be sent home for weeks in September and October. That happens in the run-up to the speech. The prime minister himself says that there will still be enough time to debate the approaching brexit. It must take place on October 31.