Parliament suspension sparks furious backlash

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Media captionBoris Johnson: “We’re not going to wait until October 31st”

The prime minister’s decision to suspend Parliament has prompted an angry backlash from across the political spectrum.

Hundreds of people protested in London on Wednesday and a petition against the move gained 900,000 signatures.

Earlier the Queen approved Boris Johnson’s request to suspend Parliament for 23 days in September – just weeks before the UK plans to leave the EU.

Opponents say it will leave MPs with little time to stop a no-deal Brexit.

But cabinet minister Michael Gove insisted the suspension was “certainly not” a political move to stop MPs blocking a no deal.