MORE than 750 Isle of Wight residents have signed a petition opposing the government’s decision to prorogue Parliament until October 14 — just two weeks before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU.

Critics say the move is too extreme. It has been described as 'an attack on democracy' by effectively shutting down Parliament to stop MPs from trying to prevent a No Deal Brexit.

The move, approved by the Queen today (Wednesday), will see Parliament effectively closed and MPs sent home to their constituencies just days after they return from the summer recess.

A petition has been launched in a bid to stop the prorogation from going ahead.

It reads: “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.”

The petition already has more than 425,000 signatures nationally, less than one day after it was created — three times more than the 100,000 required for a debate to be triggered in Parliament.

But Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, said he supports the prorogation.

He said: “Proroguing Parliament is perfectly normal. In reality, we are effectively sitting for a few days less in October.

“It may, however, make it more difficult for MPs to overrule the will of the people and block Brexit.

"I believe it is important we respect the mandate of the 2016 referendum and deliver Brexit.”

Local opposition parties and groups have come out in opposition to the move.

The Isle of Wight Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat parties have all issued statements opposing it.

Labour has described prorogation as 'an attack on our democracy,' the Greens as 'deeply concerning' and 'the actions of a dictator,' and the Lib Dems as 'a tyrannical action by the Government to undermine out democracy.'

A spokesperson for Islanders for Europe, a local anti-Brexit campaign group, said: “Today's actions have shown this government is afraid of democracy — and there are many millions of us who will fight this coup all the way."

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