TWO demonstrations will be held in Newport to protest the suspension of Parliament.

As reported, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's request to prorogue Parliament was approved yesterday (Wednesday) by the Queen.

The move has been supported by Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely, who said it would make it more difficult for MPs to overrule the will of the people and block Brexit.

Critics, however, have described it as 'an attack on democracy' by effectively shutting down Parliament to stop MPs from trying to prevent a No Deal Brexit.

Both Isle of Wight protests will be held in St Thomas' Square on Saturday.

Islanders for Europe, a cross-party anti-Brexit campaign group will hold a demonstration at 11am to 'defend Parliament’s sovereign role within our democracy.'

One hour later, at noon, the Isle of Wight Labour Party will host a similar rally 'against Johnson’s attack on parliamentary democracy.'

A spokesperson for Islanders for Europe said: "This suspension of Parliament is a constitutional outrage. Boris Johnson's defensive and arbitrary actions illustrate the increasing fragility of the argument for No Deal.

"Polls have consistently shown that there is no public majority support for a damaging No Deal Brexit.

"Democracy did not end with one vote in 2016. Our Prime Minister has shown this government is afraid of continuing democratic votes — and we know there are many thousands of Islanders who will fight this coup all the way."

Island Labour Party Chair, Julian Critchley, said: “What Johnson is doing, with the disgraceful and shameful support of Bob Seely, is an attack on our democracy unprecedented in modern times.

“As citizens it is our duty to fight this outrage. Too often, people quote the phrase that ‘all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing,' without then doing anything.

"It’s time for all of us who believe in our democracy to take a stand and let Johnson, Seely and the rest of those who would remove our democratic rights, that we will not stand by and do nothing.”

A petition opposing the prorogation has now been signed by more than 2,300 Islanders, and more than 1.2 million people nationally.

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