Suspension of democracy ruled unlawful by Supreme Court | Parliament NOT prorogued | Election November?
Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:16 pm
Protests and petitions
- There are protests starting RIGHT NOW (28th August) in major cities. Organisers are using the hashtag #StopTheCoup on Twitter.
- There is a Parliament petition with upwards of 500,000 signatures already here:
Update: it's now over a million.
- Here is a long list of #StopTheCoup protests scheduled for Saturday 31st August. Lots are listed here.
Most organising is happening on Twitter. Search #StopTheCoup #(yournearestcityhere) to find it.
- People's Assembly Birmingham are doing a protest on Tuesday 3rd September:
- A map and timetable of protests.
ANTI-PROROGATION PROTESTS - Google My Maps
- There is a People's Vote march scheduled for Saturday 19th October. I've heard they expect it to be the biggest mass protest the UK has ever had.
- ***Never break the law at a protest.*** Protests aren't wrong, but despite this the police are still often sent to break them up. The Green & Black Cross have the following key pieces of advice for protestors when dealing with the police. The Legal Defence & Monitoring Group also make the case for "No Comment": http://www.ldmg.org.uk/files/No_Comment_5th_Edition.pdf
- Under Stop & Search, you don't have to confirm your name.
- You can always ask police "what power?" they are using and why.
- Give "no comment" to all questions.
- If arrested, arrange your own solicitor (preferably from the Netpol recommendations). The GBC legal hotline can help at 07946 541 511.
- Never accept a caution (except under advice from a solicitor).
Smorgasbord of news and pithy takes
- Jeremy Corbyn predicted this. No matter what your opinion of Labour, know that they tried to stop this.
- Owen Jones calls for occupation of Parliament and a general strike. He says "witty placards will not topple governments." Owen Jones wrote:Writing to the Queen is not going to save you, no matter how many letters are sent her way. Petitions may show strength of feeling but can be ignored. Witty placards featuring crude innuendos about the prime minister will raise a smile and brighten up a protest, but they will not topple governments. Our existing rights and freedoms were not given as acts of charity from beneficent elites – they were secured through relentless, determined struggle. Democracy is menaced, and it is this tradition which must be relied on to defend it.
The British people must now take to the streets, and deploy the tactic used by their ancestors to secure the rights of women, of workers, of minorities, of LGBTQ people: peaceful civil disobedience. If parliament is to be shut down, MPs must refuse to leave it. It should be occupied by the citizens it exists to serve. Other acts of peaceful civil disobedience – including the occupation of government offices across the country – should follow. If a general strike is necessary to defend democracy, then so be it.
- "I gave this country my youth. You can't just kick me out!" A Portuguese woman who has been here 20 years says the settlement scheme isn't working.
- The Defence Secretary has openly admitted that the prorogation is to force through an agenda despite the government's lack of majority. It's not about a Queen's Speech!
- Boris Johnson assured MPs in writing he would not prorogue Parliament. He acknowledged it would represent an affront to democracy.
- The Home Office is preparing to end the current system of family reunification for asylum-seeking children if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The Guardian wrote:A spokesman for the UNHCR said: “[We understand] that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the Dublin Regulation, which allows for the transfer of asylum-seeking children and adults within the EU to join family members, will no longer apply to the UK. [...]”
The Home Office has previously been criticised for making it difficult for young migrants to join family in the UK but lawyers say it is still a vital route for highly vulnerable child migrants, many of whom live on the streets in mainland Europe.
Efi Stathopoulou, the project coordinator at Refugee Legal Support in Athens, said the family reunification route was the only way she could persuade vulnerable young people to engage with the authorities.
“Children come here very afraid,” she said. “There have been cases where it was very obvious they were being exploited. Without the possibility of a safe way to reach the UK, these young people will simply vanish to try to cross the Channel at Calais on lorries or boats.”
- Johnson could be planning an election. Jessica Elgot wrote:Boris Johnson has called a unexpected meeting of the cabinet today at 5pm, multiple Whitehall sources have confirmed. The prime minister is then expected to address Conservative MPs at a summer garden party in Downing Street.
The scheduling of the meeting has sent the rumour mill in Westminster into overdrive about the possibility that the government will set out plans for an snap general election this week.
Though no plans have been confirmed, senior rebel sources believe that Johnson could move as early as Wednesday this week, with a motion tabled the following day which would require the support of two-thirds of MPs.
A vote on the snap poll would come with a commitment that polling day would be before October 31 - though the date would ultimately be in the control of the government.
- Corbyn says he wants general election after legislation blocking no-deal gets passed. The Guardian wrote:Corbyn says MPs must come together to stop a no-deal Brexit. He says Labour is working with other parties to achieve that.
After that, there must be a general election, he says.
He says a general election is the democratic way forward.
- Corbyn suggests a vote of no confidence could be followed by a general election, then by a Remain vs. Deal referendum. The Guardian wrote:A vote of no confidence is still on the table.
It is not an either/or, he says.
He says he wants a general election. Labour would propose a referendum, with remain one option, and another decided by parliament.