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‘Load of nonsense’: PM dismisses claims he is being anti-democratic

Boris Johnson has dismissed claims he is being anti-democratic as “a load of nonsense” – a day after he suspended parliament for the longest interval in a long time.

The prime minister pushed ahead together with his five-week prorogation of parliament after seeing MPs reject his name for a snap common election for a second time.

MPs will not return to Westminster till 14 October, little greater than a fortnight earlier than the UK is scheduled to depart the EU on 31 October.

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Opponents have accused Mr Johnson of utilizing the suspension of parliament to avoid the House of Commons over his Brexit plans, with Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn claiming the prime minister is “running away from scrutiny”.

But, on a go to to a London major faculty, Mr Johnson rejected these expenses and careworn a brand new parliamentary session – to be opened by a brand new Queen’s Speech on 14 October – was wanted so as to permit his authorities to maneuver ahead with its home agenda.

The prime minister used his faculty go to on Tuesday to launch an training drive which might see as much as 30 new free colleges established.

Mr Johnson stated: “There’s a large, large agenda.

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“We need a Queen’s Speech, that’s why parliament is in recess now – because you always have a recess before a Queen’s Speech.”

Then, using “Franglais”, he added: “Anybody who says all these things about it being anti-democratic – donnez-moi un break (give me a break).

“What a load of nonsense.

“We had been very, very clear – if folks needed a democratic second, in the event that they needed an election, we provided it to the Labour opposition and mysteriously they determined to not go for it.

“So we will get on. More free colleges, extra police, higher hospitals – upgrading our hospitals – and popping out on 31 October.”

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Despite promising to take the UK out of the EU on Halloween, with or and not using a deal, the prime minister at present seems caught between his failure to pressure an election and a regulation aimed toward blocking a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.

Under the laws handed by opposition MPs and Tory rebels, he can be compelled to request an additional three-month delay to Brexit from the EU if he fails to strike a contemporary divorce cope with the bloc by 19 October.

Mr Johnson once more attacked those that compelled via the regulation in opposition to the federal government’s needs.

He stated: “There are hundreds of folks across the place who actually need this factor accomplished.

“That contains the British folks but in addition in Brussels and our mates and companions throughout the EU.

“They need us to get on with this, it has been dragging on for 3 years.

“I can see the coverage of some opposition events, Labour included, is to delay, dither past 31 October.

“But nobody can see what that achieves – it’s just another £1bn per month to stay in the EU.”

Mr Johnson has vowed to proceed to barter with Brussels over a Brexit deal between now and an EU summit on 17 and 18 October.

On Tuesday, incoming European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen – who will take up her function and change Jean-Claude Juncker on 1 November – stated the EU had accomplished contingency preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

But she added such an consequence “will be way more difficult than an orderly Brexit”.

The former German defence minister has requested the EU’s present chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to proceed in his function.

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