Twitter had the best reaction to Boris Johnson shutting down Parliament
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called a conveniently timed parliamentary suspension just as vitals laws and debates would take place.
While parliamentary suspensions, or proguation, is perfectly usual for the UK governmental system, the questionable timing of Johnson's proposed proguation is causing an Internet melt down.
Proguation sees the suspension of all debates and votes within the Commons. It is usually done at the end of each session of Parliament, which is essentially the end of a year, or every 12 months. Johnson's government is asking the Queen for such an act to take place on October 14, severely shortening the time British MPs have to hash out a Brexit deal and relevant laws by October 31. The act would see suspension last for 23 working days.
Many members of the U.K. see this as awful timing, damaging the chances of a truly fair and democratic process in sorting Brexit.
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said it was a "constitutional outrage".
The BBC reports:
"The speaker, who does not traditionally comment on political announcements, continued: "However it is dressed up, it is blindingly obvious that the purpose of [suspending Parliament] now would be to stop [MPs] debating Brexit and performing its duty in shaping a course for the country."
In all the hysteria on Twitter, it's tricky to find some light-hearted responses to this news, though we've found some of our favourites:
Everything’s fine, people. Just an unelected Prime Minister trying to suspend Parliament. Nothing to see here.— Angela Saini (@AngelaDSaini) August 28, 2019