Brexit: Protests in Cardiff over Parliament shutdown

People gathered
Image caption People gathered in Queen Street, Cardiff

Hundreds of people have protested in Cardiff against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament in the lead up to Brexit.

Police said about 700 demonstrators gathered in Queen Street to oppose the decision to "prorogue" Parliament.

Tory rebels and opposition MPs defeated the government in the first stage of their attempt to pass a law designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Most Welsh MPs voted to take control of Parliament on Wednesday.

Labour, Plaid Cymru and others want to prevent the UK from leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October.

Having won the vote - defeating the government by 328 votes to 301 - they will be able to take control of Commons business on Wednesday.

That will give them the chance to introduce a cross-party bill which would force the prime minister to ask for Brexit to be delayed until 31 January, unless MPs approve a new deal, or vote in favour of a no-deal exit, by 19 October.

The prime minister is expected to seek a general election in October if the anti-no deal move proceeds.

Image caption Many in the crowd were holding signs with anti-Brexit messages

A new poll would need the approval of Parliament, but pro-remain MPs said the priority should be to stop no deal.

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