Europe Minister: ‘I hope UK’s parliament tradition will withstand this test’

The Minister's comments come after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he'll suspend parliament in the run-up to Brexit.

File picture of Europe Minister Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP), 1st July 2019 / Credit: News Now Finland

Finland’s Europe Minister Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP) says she hopes Britain’s parliament tradition will withstand the latest test over the country’s departure from the European Union, known as Brexit.

On Wednesday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signaled his intention to suspend parliament from mid-September, leaving little time for opponents of a so-called ‘hard Brexit’ to stop it from happening.

Johnson has said he’s prepared for Britain to leave the EU on 31st October even without a deal on the future relationship. Opponents have warned this would be a disaster for the UK’s economy, infrastructure and security.

Writing on Twitter, Oulu MP Tuppurainen says “Britain has relied on parliamentarianism and parliamentary sovereignty for over 300 years. The country is now seriously talking about freezing the work of Parliament.”

One of the rallying cries for the pro-Brexit campaign in 2016 was that by leaving the EU, Britain would “take back control” of its own affairs in future.

“So take back control, means the people’s elected representatives can’t make decisions” writes Tuppurainen.

“I trust that the country’s strong tradition of parliamentarianism will withstand this test too. And there is still work to be done to ensure that Brexit happens with a [withdrawal agreement” she adds.

Britain’s Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, a strong advocate for Brexit, will be in Helsinki this week attending the ‘Gymnich’ meeting of EU foreign ministers to be held at Finlandia Hall.

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