THE government’s plan to suspend Parliament only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline has been labelled as “our democracy under attack.”

Lynn Denham, the Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate for Worcester, spoke out after the Queen approved a request from Prime Minister Boris Johnson to temporarily close down the House of Commons, from the second week of September until October 14, when there will be a Queen’s Speech to open a new session of Parliament.

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But the move, known as prorogation, sparked a furious reaction as critics said it gives MPs less time to block a no deal Brexit.

Mrs Denham said: “It is a very real attack on our democracy.

“We have a representative democracy in this country. If it is suspended, the voice of Parliament is not heard. Different voices being heard is what democracy is all about.

“When democracy is under threat, I’m not sure Worcester people would want their MP supporting that.

“With no deal, people are trying to rewrite history. There were no significant discussions on the Irish border, and there was no talk of no deal during the referendum campaign.”

City MP Robin Walker said: “There has been a lot of misunderstanding. It is totally normal, not exceptional, for a new administration to call a Queen’s Speech. This is not about stopping Parliament debate. It will be four less days, there will be time.

“Those people like Jeremy Corbyn who are saying this should think how they voted.

“I voted for a deal and would vote for it again.”

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Nigel Huddleston, Mid-Worcestershire MP said: “There will be time to debate Brexit. My priority, the government’s priority, the PM’s priority is getting a deal. Personally, I have voted for a deal lots of times.

“It is a bit rich these people are saying this now. The opposition are playing politics.

“We have to prepare for no deal, but we want a deal. The PM has been crystal clear on that. The new government wants to set out the domestic agenda, it’s not all about Brexit.”

Harriett Baldwin, West Worcestershire MP, added: “My preference, along with 90 per cent of my colleagues, has been to back the Withdrawal Agreement offering certainty to local people and local businesses as we deliver on the result of the referendum.

“MPs who want to avoid no deal will be able to support the deal when Parliament returns after party conference, should the EU continue with its intransigence.”

The announcement was made yesterday, after The Queen approved the Privy Council’s request.