Global Insight: Boris gambles on parliament shutdown

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The move to suspend the United Kingdom Parliament just weeks out from the Brexit leave date is a desperate gamble by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to hold on to power, Professor Robert Patman says.

UK citizens responded with spontaneous protests when the mid-September, four week suspension was announced.

"At the moment there's a very dangerous situation in the UK,'' the University of Otago international relations specialist says.

Mr Johnson has taken this gamble because he knows he does not have a majority in the British parliament for his Brexit proposal.

"So, he has basically exploited a constitutional device to extend his political power.''

The on-going crisis, and evidence of illegal activities connected with Brexit, are making the UK look like a banana republic, Prof Patman says.

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