Campaigners from across all political parties are joining forces to take part in a rally in Nottingham on Saturday, August 31, to protest against the suspension of Parliament.

The move comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the House of Commons would be shut down early in September to pave the way for the new Queen’s Speech. Critics quickly denounced the decision as a blocking tactic to give MPs less time to debate Brexit and potentially prevent Britain leaving the EU without a deal on October 31.

The rally is being held around the Brian Clough statue in Nottingham city centre starting at 11am.

It’s being organised by Another Europe is Possible, who described the decision to suspend parliament as a disgraceful attack on democracy.

A spokesperson said: “If the government tries to drive No Deal through by stopping parliament from sitting, we cannot just rely on the courts and parliamentary process. We need a massive movement of resistance, with marches, civil disobedience and protests in every corner of the country.

Nottingham People’s Vote and the Nottingham European Movement will also be there, along with representatives of all political parties who are putting their differences aside to fight what they see as a crude attempt by the government to bypass the legitimate democratic process.

Susan Martin, one of the founding members of Nottingham People’s Vote, said: “We need to stand together against the proroguing of Parliament. It’s not acceptable and it’s not what people voted for.”

Shaun Thornton, of the Nottingham European Movement, said: “The Prime Minister’s deliberate attempt to side step scrutiny from our sovereign parliament to force through the no deal madness he so favours, is not just an affront to democracy but an insult to our nation.

“We will not silently stand by as he drags our country over this cliff edge; we will be heard.”

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