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Corbyn tells Johnson: ‘Parliament is ours’

JEREMY CORBYN warned Boris Johnson “it’s our Parliament” as he addressed a huge crowd at a rally in Glasgow on Saturday against the Prime Minister’s suspension of Parliament.

The Labour leader was speaking in front of thousands of people at the People’s Assembly-organised demo in the city’s George Square as similar protests took place across Britain.

He told the crowd: “Demonstrations are taking place everywhere because people are angered and outraged about what is happening.

“Angered that the government and a Prime Minister elected by 93,000 members of the Tory Party is trying to hijack the needs, aims and aspirations of 65 million people.

“Well think on, Boris: it’s not on and we’re not having it.”

Mr Corbyn paid tribute to the history of protest in George Square by those calling for justice and civil rights.

He said: “Today we are standing in the footsteps of those who have gone before us to achieve that justice and those rights.

“I’m proud to be here with all of you supporting that, to say to Boris Johnson: No way, it’s our Parliament.

“No way do you take us out [of the European Union] without a deal: we will stop you and give the people their rights and their say to determine their future.”

Mr Corbyn called for unity among opposition parties in the Commons on Tuesday, when Parliament reconvenes after the summer recess.

He said it was time for the government to “stand aside” for a general election.

“Fundamentally this is an issue of democracy,” he warned.

“However you voted in 2016 and however you voted in 2017, however you vote in any future election of any sort: the important thing is you should have your voice and your say and your rights.

“One thing I’m absolutely clear on is that nobody voted to lose their rights or give up on democracy.”

Mr Corbyn’s speech came at the end of a three-day visit to Scotland in which he visited marginal constituencies and met community campaigners.

Protesters in George Square also heard from senior trade unionists and Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie, who blasted “the incredible innovation of the haphazard, entitled, chaotic Tory administration.”

He said: “They keep finding ways to make this constitutional and political crisis even worse than we thought it could be before.”


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