London – Dozens of protests are scheduled for Saturday in the UK to protest Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament in the final stretch before Brexit, denounced as a "coup" by its opponents.
From London to Aberdeen (Scotland), passing through Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Swansea (Wales), some 30 gatherings are scheduled under the order of "Stop the Coup" and "Defend Democracy" At the call of the organization opposed to Brexit "Another Europe is Possible".
The biggest rally is scheduled for mid-day in the British capital, in front of the Prime Minister's residence at 10 Downing Street.
Conservative Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament from the second week of September until 14 October, two weeks before Brexit on 31 October, sparked outrage in the United Kingdom.
The purpose of the protests is to "force the government to change course," said Michael Chessum, for the organizers. He said he expected "hundreds of thousands" of participants.
The Momentum movement, the left wing of the Labor Party, the main opposition party, also called for "occupying bridges and blocking roads".
– Intense political week –
In the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister has the right to suspend Parliament, after receiving the queen's consent, and he does so traditionally during the political party convention season in September. But this is the moment chosen and the duration of the suspension (five weeks) that are disputed by the opponents of a hard Brexit.
The leader is in fact suspected of wanting to prevent the deputies to block a Brexit without agreement, which he wishes to implement if he does not find a compromise with the EU on the conditions of the British exit. He defended himself, saying that he wanted to take advantage of this time to prepare and present his national policy program after taking office in late July.
"We can not rely solely on the courts or parliamentary procedure to save the situation. We all have a duty to make ourselves heard, "the organizers explained on their website.
A legal offensive has been launched against the suspension while MPs will try to legislate to prevent a "no deal". A motion of censure is also considered against the government, whose majority in the House of Commons is only one vote. Another demonstration is scheduled for Tuesday in front of the Parliament, which makes its return this day for a session which promises to be the most stormy.
Boris Johnson on Friday warned MPs against any attempt to block Brexit, saying it would "seriously jeopardize people's confidence in politics."
– John Major mobilized –
However, he had also announced the day before an acceleration of meetings between British and European negotiators who will meet twice a week in Brussels in September.
The main aim is to find a solution on the thorniest issue: the Irish safety net provided for in Theresa May's withdrawal agreement with the EU to avoid a recovery of the physical border between Ireland and Ireland. rejected by Boris Johnson.
This safety net, or "backstop", provides that for lack of a better solution after a transitional period, the whole United Kingdom remains in a "single customs territory" with the EU.
On Tuesday, the highest civilian court in Scotland will consider the merits of a request from pro-European MPs to counter the suspension, after refusing to do so in the emergency on Friday.
Former Conservative Prime Minister John Major has joined another lawsuit filed by anti-Brexit activist Gina Miller. The hearing is scheduled for September 5 in London.
Thousands of people had already demonstrated in the UK after Wednesday's announcement of the suspension, while a petition collected Friday over 1.6 million signatures.
LNT with AFP