defend democracy
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  • A protest will be held in Plymouth to stop Boris Johnson proroguing Parliament
  • It is being organised by a cross party group, putting their party differences aside to defend democracy
  • Saturday 31 August, 11am-1pm, the Sundial, Plymouth City Centre

A demonstration against Boris Johnson’s decision to shut down Parliament will be held this Saturday meeting at 11am at the Sundial in Plymouth city centre. It’s being organised by a cross party group, putting differences aside to defend democracy and put Plymouth first.

Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said

“Since news broke that Boris Johnson wants to shut down Parliament to evade scrutiny and opposition to his no deal plans, my office has been flooded with people who are angry and genuinely worried about the threat to our democracy. I’m worried too.  As a city we have a chance to show our opposition to shutting down our democracy by this minority Conservative Government. I have invited other political parties to join the demonstration because this is so serious that party politics comes second to stopping Boris Johnson shutting down our democracy. Now more than ever we need people to come together and work as one to stop no deal and stop Boris Johnson’s attack on our democracy.

In 2016 the Leave campaign said we would leave with a deal, not without one, and in 2017 I was elected on a manifesto of opposing no deal. In his campaign to get elected as Tory Leader Boris Johnson also said he didn’t support proroguing Parliament. It turns out that was a lie. Parliament is not perfect but it is the only democracy we have in this country and an unelected Prime Minister running a minority government must not be allowed to shut it down because they find scrutiny inconvenient.”

Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council Said:

“This is an outrageous move by an unelected Prime Minister and unelected government to short-circuit our parliamentary democracy. Ironic really, when we should be regaining sovereignty, and now Boris Johnson is trying to minimise discussion in parliament on a no-deal Brexit. If there was ever a time for everyone to leave party affiliations at the door and work together it’s now. This is a historically significant moment for our country. Parliament needs time to debate our future.”

Molly Scott-Cato, Green Party MEP for the South West said:

“Our country is in the grip of a power grab by a dishonest and self-serving elite hellbent on forcing through a damaging crash-out Brexit. We have never seen a greater assault on parliamentary sovereignty in modern times. It is now clear that Take Back Control was code for an illegitimate coup. But we must not despair; we must act. Now is the time for all democrats from across the political divide to stand together in defence of our democratic rights. And for people to take to the streets in protest, write to their MPs in the strongest terms and sign petitions. Democracy cannot and will not be silenced.”

Sima Davarian, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for South West Devon said:

“Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament represents a real threat to our democracy. There is no mandate for no deal and suspending Parliament means no scrutiny of his actions and no progress can be made towards achieving a deal. Those who oppose a no deal Brexit are now coming together and I am pleased to represent my party in this cross-party effort.”

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