Anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible has planned 32 #StopTheCoup protests across England, Scotland and Wales. Hard left Labour group Momentum has also called on its members to “occupy bridges and blockade roads” to add to the unrest on the streets. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell called the Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue parliament an attempt “to shut down democracy”.
He said: “As elected Labour MPs across the country represent their constituents by joining in these protests, I urge other MPs to think of their constituents whose jobs and livelihoods will be put at risk in a no-deal Brexit.
“If Boris Johnson wants a mandate, then he should call a general election and put it to the people.”
Mr McDonnell will also address youth movements at the protest in Downing Street today.
Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed he will speak at a “major rally” in Salford.
Other demonstrations will be held in cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Swansea, Leeds, Belfast, Bristol and Aberdeen.
Thousands of people are protesting across the UK today
Smaller rallies will also take place in Bodmin, Cornwall, and Clotheroe, Lancashire, as well as Amsterdam’s Dam Square and the outside the British Embassy in Riga, Latvia.
When MPs return to Westminster on Tuesday, further mass demonstrations, organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, are planned to take place.
This comes after several demonstrations took place on Friday evening, including a protest in Shrewsbury, where 200 people held a spontaneous rally against the Prime Minister’s plans.
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3pm update: People brave downpours in Birmingham to protest
Several hundred protesters gathered in Birmingham’s Victoria Square to hear speeches opposing the proroguing of Parliament.
In heavy rain, Labour’s West Midlands MEP Neena Gill told the crowd: “When I heard what was going on this week, I was actually gobsmacked.
“Boris may think he can shut down Parliament, but he cannot shut down the people.”
Hitting out at “right-wing Brexiteers” who she claimed aim to roll back hard-won rights and change the face of Britain, Ms Gill added: “No-deal Brexit will be a complete catastrophe for this country and this region.
“These Brexiteers and the Brexit Party have tried to mislead people – they are almost grooming our society to make them think that no-deal is good for them.”
Anti-Brexit demonstrators then marched along nearby New Street, Temple Street and Waterloo Street – with a handful of by-standers shouting pro-Brexit slogans, including a group of men chanting “Boris Johnson’s barmy army”.
2.24pm update: McDonnell says protests are ‘a fight to protect our democracy’
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell told the large crowd gathered on Whitehall: “It is a fight to protect our democracy – we know what Boris Johnson is up to, it is not very subtle is it?
“He wants to close down our democracy and force through a no-deal Brexit.”
Mr McDonnell said previous generations fought and made huge sacrifices, some giving their lives, in the fight for parliamentary democracy so they could “have their say over policies and the future of our country”.
He added: “Boris Johnson, this is not about Parliament versus the people, this is about you versus the people.”
Chants of “shame on you” were directed at Boris Johnson by demonstrators outside Downing Street on Saturday as streets around Government buildings in Westminster were brought to a standstill.
There are 32 planned protests taking place across the UK organised by anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible.
Demonstrators gathered outside Oxford University’s Balliol College, which was attended by Mr Johnson, to express their displeasure about his handling of Brexit.
Lesley McKie, who was at the college with her family, criticised the “undemocratic actions of Boris Johnson and (senior adviser) Dominic Cummings”.
Denouncing the Prime Minister outside the institution where he established his “political profile” sends “a powerful message to Johnson and others leading this coup”, she added.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott addressed the London protesters from a stage near Downing Street.
She told the crowds: “We cannot allow Boris Johnson to shut down Parliament and to shut down the voice of ordinary British people.”
Chris McHugh, 33, who works for Labour MP Liz Twist and was demonstrating in Newcastle, said the protest is about “protecting democracy”.
He added: “The fact that thousands have taken to the streets of Newcastle today is so telling.”
The streets of London are lined with activists today
People got creative with their banners in London
Downing Street is being inundated with activists as they protest against Parliament being suspended
1.55pm update: Jeremy Corbyn has said next week is the “last chance” to stop a no-deal Brexit
The Labour leader was at the Alive and Kicking Club in Springburn, Glasgow, for an event on Saturday as part of a three-day visit to Scotland.
He was asked about comments made by Sir Keir Starmer about next week being the final opportunity to stop the UK from leaving the EU without an agreement.
Mr Corbyn added: “I’m sure he is correct because Keir has worked extremely hard as our shadow Brexit secretary.
“Yes, it is the chance and we will do absolutely everything we can to prevent a no-deal Brexit and the Prime Minister taking us into the hands of Donald Trump and a trade deal with the USA.
“That is the real agenda of the Prime Minister.
“There is a lot of work being done in preparation for next Tuesday.”
Parliament reconvenes after the summer recess on Tuesday.
Protesters are expected to flood the streets of Britain this weekend in response to the Prime Minister’s controversial plan to prorogue Parliament.
Organisers are hoping hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets on Saturday after demonstrations began to flare up on Friday evening.
Anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible has planned 32 #StopTheCoup protests to take place in England, Scotland and Wales.
There is a similar demonstration taking place in Glasgow’s George Square.
Mr Corbyn also did an impression of Boris Johnson as he mocked the Prime Minister for lacking detail in his announcements.
People sheltered under umbrellas as they rallied in Bristol
Crowds gathered in Bristol to share their feelings about
1.28pm update: Crowds gather in Manchester for protests
A crowd of more than 1,000 gathered at Cathedral Gardens in Manchester city centre.
Among the speakers were Labour MEP Julie Ward and broadcaster Paul Mason.
Former BBC Newsnight and Channel 4 News correspondent Mr Mason encouraged the crowd to chant “Stop the Coup”.
A short distance away, a small group of pro-Brexit supporters stood outside the National Football Museum, with a line of about 20 police officers watching on.
Behind the officers, people jeered and shouted “Bollocks to Brexit”, as one man sang “One Boris Johnson, there’s only one Boris Johnson” into a loudhailer.
Activists are protesting in Germany over the decision to prorogue Parliament
The activists are believed to be British ex-pats
The protesters stood in front of the Brandenburg Gates
12.48pm update: Protesters gather in GERMANY to protest Parliament suspension
Activists surrounded by Polizei (Germany police officers) waved banners saying “Not in my name; stop the coup” outside the Brandenburg Gates, in Berlin, this morning.
One protester held up a sign that said: “The last time this happened, Cromwell discontinued the custom of kings wearing their heads on their shoulders”.
The protesters are believed to be British expats, although this hasn’t been confirmed, who wanted to show their anger at Parliament being suspended next month.
People have lined the streets of London to protest against Parliament being suspended
London is being filled with activists this afternoon
People have been creative with their banners for the protest
12.22pm update: Jeremy Corbyn praises protestors marching against Boris Johnson
Mr Corbyn wrote: “I want to applaud you for protesting today.
“This week has seen extraordinary political developments.
“We are in a political and constitutional crisis because of the failure of Boris Johnson’s Tories.
“And that current crisis must concern everyone whether you voted Leave or Remain.
“Because whatever happens, with Boris Johnson as Tory Prime Minister, this is a government of the establishment and the super-rich which threatens our jobs and threatens our economy and puts communities at risk.
Labour is working with other parties to stop a damaging No Deal. Because a No Deal Brexit is really a Trump deal Brexit. One that threatens our rights, our protections, and our standards.”
Protests have begun in York this morning
A protestor speaks to police as he takes to the streets of York
People declared democracy needed to be defended as they protested in York
1.41am update: Protests start across the UK against Parliament being prorogued
Protests have kicked off in various places around the UK against the decision to prorogue parliament.
People have gathered in York with banners declaring “Down with Boris Johnson”.
A rally in Westminster is predicted at midday.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn is in Glasgow today, where he is expected to also share his views on the latest Brexit chaos.
In Belfast, a small crowd was gathered in front of City Hall by 11am.
The diverse gathering included foreign nationals concerned about their status post-Brexit, and local people angered by the move to prorogue Parliament.
Several people made impromptu speeches condemning Boris Johnson’s move, while a number of police officers monitored the event.
Organisers urged fellow demonstrators to stay as long as they could and spread word of the protest on social media.
Sajid Javid backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament
11.20am update: Rebel Tory MPs will be AXED and deselected if they try and block no deal
According to The Sun, any Tory rebel will also be barred from standing again for the party at the next general election.
Reports suggests Prime Minister Johnson has planned the move ahead of potential plots to stop him trying to get a no deal over the line.
Some within the party are angry at Mr Johnson for proroguing Parliament in a bid to resolve the longstanding Brexit issue.
He hopes that by issuing the stunning ultimatum, it could ensure any possible rebels from rejecting a ploy to stop his plan back track.
This means the likes of Remainer and former Chancellor Philip Hammond could have his career stopped if he decides to lead a Parliamentary rebellion.
Mr Hammond is one of the key figures behind a group labelled the Remain Alliance.
That team also includes the likes of Gina Miller and Dominic Grieve.
10.51am update: Javid defends suspension of parliament ahead of street protests
Chancellor Sajid Javid has backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament as the move faces street protests across Britain.
Despite insisting during the Tory leadership campaign that he thought proroguing Parliament was a bad idea, Mr Javid has now insisted the Government needs time to focus on its agenda in the run-up to outlining plans in October’s Queen’s Speech.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It is quite usual this time of year, Parliament goes into what’s called a conference recess and it doesn’t usually sit for some time in September and early October.
“It’s right because we are focusing on the people’s priorities.”
Pressed on his comments during the Tory leadership battle that prorogation could be seen as “trashing” democracy, the Chancellor said: “I wasn’t being asked about a Queen’s Speech, a Government setting an agenda, that was a question around suspending Parliament for the sake of it for months on end in order to avoid debate.”
MPs will return to Parliament on Tuesday
10.28am update: Top judge Lord Sumption gives stark warning to Gina Miller – ‘Matter for politicians’
Former Supreme Court Justice, Lord Sumption, claimed Gina Miller and John Major are embarking on a “very difficult course” in their challenge to stop Boris Johnson from proroguing Parliament.
The High Court announced it is considering a legal challenge from Gina Miller to prevent Boris Johnson from suspending Parliament to force through a no deal Brexit.
Sir John Major and Tom Watson are joining the legal action, but former Supreme Court Justice Lord Sumption warned they are embarking on a “very difficult course”.
He told Sky News: “The real question here is what are good political priorities and what are bad political priorities.
“I think this is probably correctly described as politically shocking, I share the indignation of many people.
“But it is politically and not legally shocking, and the courts are concerned with legal problems, they are not concerned with vetting the political judgements that are made by prime ministers.
“That is a matter for politicians to deal with, if they don’t like what the Government is doing they have to bring the Government down.”
9.37am update: Javid says he has fantastic relationship with Johnson despite Cummings being sacked
Finance minister Sajid Javid said this morning he had a “fantastic” relationship with Boris Johnson despite reports of a huge row with the Prime Minister after the sacking of one of his aides.
Mr Javid was reported to be ”livid” about the firing of his press aide by Johnson’s top adviser Dominic Cummings, who was looking into whether government officials had helped opponents of the premier’s Brexit plans.
Mr Javid said that though it would be inappropriate to directly discuss personnel issues, his views were “well understood” after the media reports.
But he said he got on well with Mr Johnson.
He told BBC radio: ”The relationship is fantastic with the prime minister.
“(He’s) someone I’ve always got on with incredibly well, and it’s been a real privilege to work with him
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