Petition to stop suspension of Parliament which received 1.7 million signatures to be debated on Monday
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Petition to stop suspension of Parliament which received 1.7 million signatures to be debated on Monday

A PETITION which received over 1.7 million signatures will be debated in Parliament in Monday 9 September.

Last week we reported on a petition which had been set up demanding that the planned prorogation of Parliament be overturned. The petition had been signed 1.3 million times in under 24 hours.

The petition came at a time when protests were causing chaos around Westminster: people were shutting down roads and blocking traffic to demonstrate their anger at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament, in an alleged attempt to prevent the blocking of a No-Deal exit from the European Union.

As is the policy of the UK Parliament, any official petition which garners over 10,000 signatures will issue a government response, and any official petition which receives over 100,000 signatures will be debated in Parliament.

The petition received more than 17 times the amount needed for a debate.

Now the date for the debate has been confirmed as being Monday, 9 September.

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It will be available to watch live on the UK Parliament Youtube Channel, which you can find here.

Anyone who signed the petition will be emailed a video and transcript of the debate once it has happened.

The petition, titled ‘Do not prorogue Parliament’, sets out its goal as follows:

“Parliament must not be prorogued or dissolved unless and until the Article 50 period has been sufficiently extended or the UK's intention to withdraw from the EU has been cancelled.”

It is still open for signatures, so if you want to add your voice you can do so here.