August 28, 2019 / 9:55 AM / 22 days ago

UK Labour's Abbott says PM Johnson aiming for a coup against parliament

FILE PHOTO: Labour Party MP Diane Abbott speaks during a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump, in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to limit lawmakers’ opportunity to derail his Brexit plans represents a coup against parliament, Labour home affairs spokeswoman Diane Abbott said on Wednesday.

Johnson will announce his new legislative agenda on Oct. 14 in a move that will effectively shut parliament from mid-September and reduce the parliamentary time in which lawmakers could try and block a no-deal Brexit - his boldest move yet in the push to take the country out of the European Union on Oct. 31.

“Boris Johnson is aiming for a coup against parliament. Against you the voters and your political representatives. For a disastrous No Deal,” Abbott said in a tweet.

Reporting by Alistair Smout, Editing by Paul Sandle

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