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Brexit campaigners in Spain react to Johnson's prorogation plans

Protesters gather after the prorogation announcement.
Protesters gather after the prorogation announcement. / Reuters
  • Protesters took to the streets across the UK and 1.2 million people had signed a petition in less than 24 hours after the announcement was made

Spain-based campaigning groups have been reacting to news this week that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has gained approval from the Queen to suspend parliament for up to five weeks in the final lead up to what is currently believed to be Brexit day, 31 October.

Sue Wilson, chair of Bremain in Spain, responded to the prorogation saying, “Brits in Spain reacted with a mixture of shock and anger, but also a feeling that now perhaps parliament would understand just how we’ve felt for the last three years - being excluded from the debate.”

She went on to say, “It’s a wake-up call for MPs to act and the final straw for wavering Tory rebels who have yet to put their heads above the parapet. Johnson has just geared everyone up for a fight, and we say, bring it on!”

Anne Hernandez, president of Brexpats in Spain, who will be talking to BBC Breakfast on Friday, said, “How are we supposed to believe [Johnson’s] lie that the controversial prorogation is not intended to prevent [his] no-deal Brexit and that returning on 14 October gives ample time to discuss Brexit? Effectively [he is] claiming that 10 working days will suffice when three plus years haven’t been long enough.”

There are a number of options for MPs now, including calling a vote of no confidence, which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn could orchestrate, if he gets the support of Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians, in an attempt to prevent the prorogation. Should Johnson lose the vote, the UK could be looking at a general election, or the risk of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, if he wins.

In the UK, a petition to stop the prorogation had been signed by over 1.2 million people and impromptu anti-Brexit protests broke out across the country on Wednesday.

Some British residents in Spain concerned about the potential fallout of Brexit will be travelling to London on 12 October for the Rally for our Rights event or 19 October for the Put it to the People march.