Politicians have taken to the streets in protest of Boris Johnson’s plan to prorogue parliament.
Stroud MP David Drew and South West MEP Molly Scott Cato were among those demonstrating outside Shire Hall this evening.
Yesterday, the prime minister announced plans to suspend parliament for five weeks shortly before the UK leaves the European Union on October 31. The decision prompted fury among many MPs.
David Drew said: “This is a disgraceful move and is a devastating undermining of our democracy by someone who himself has little democratic legitimacy.
“If this is ‘taking back control’, it’s become control by a small group of fanatics. It is outrageous; the Prime Minister does not, and should not, control parliament. He is accountable to parliament.
“I am also among the MPs who have signed the Church House Declaration which states that shutting down parliament is an ‘undemocratic outrage at such a crucial moment for our country.’”
Green MEP Molly Scott Cato described the decision as the most audacious power grab since the English Civil War broke out in 1642.
“There is no parliamentary mandate for this and it goes against the will of the majority of British people.
“Now is the time for all of us to stand up for the democratic rights that were hard won through sacrifice and struggle.
“We must defend our representatives and support them in their work across parliament to defend our democracy.
“If that means occupying the chamber and refusing to be removed, then that is what our elected members must do. And we need to join them in a show of strength for democratic standards,” she added.
Protests have been taking place across the country.