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“Suspension of parliament outrageous and undemocratic”:


In the wee, small hours of Tuesday morning, in one of the very last contributions before the House of Commons was suspended for five weeks, Argyll & Bute MP Brendan O’Hara used the parliamentary mechanism of a Point of Order to unreservedly condemn the UK government’s decision to suspend parliament, describing the move as both “outrageous and profoundly undemocratic”.

Citing what the former Work and Pension Secretary, Amber Rudd said when she quit the Tories at the weekend, Mr. O’Hara accused Boris Johnson and his government of having little or no interest in negotiating a deal with the European Union and said that they seemed “hell-bent on pursuing a catastrophic policy of a No-Deal Brexit”

Seeking the advice of the outgoing Commons Speaker John Bercow, the Argyll & Bute MP asked how he might register his “anger and deep frustration” at being forced out of parliament, just seven weeks before the UK is due to leave the European Union adding that, “the very least the people of Argyll & Bute should expect is that their elected Member of Parliament be able to represent them, here in this Chamber at such a critical time”.