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Brexit: Farage Says No-Confidence Motion 'Certain' Amid Effort To Suspend Parliament

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In this file photo dated Wednesday, July 24, 2019, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves from the steps outside 10 Downing Street in London.

LONDON - Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage says the British government's move to suspend Parliament makes a no-confidence motion "now certain."Farage tweeted after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to ask Queen Elizabeth II to suspend Parliament.

Farage said that "a general election is more likely and is seen as a positive move by Brexiteers.''
 
But he says the big question is whether Johnson intends to pursue the withdrawal agreement with the European Union.
 
Farage said "If he does, then The Brexit Party will fight him every inch of the way. But if he now wants a clean break Brexit then we would like to help him secure a large majority in a general election.''

U.K. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow responded with outrage to moves by the government to suspend Parliament, saying that it "represents a constitutional outrage.''
 
Bercow says he was not told in advance of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision. He says "it is blindingly obvious'' that the purpose of the suspension "would be to stop Parliament debating Brexit and performing its duty in shaping a course for the country.''
 
Bercow says that Johnson should be seeking to establish his democratic credentials, rather than undermine them.
 
He adds that "shutting down Parliament would be an offense against the democratic process and the rights of Parliamentarians as the people's elected representatives.''
 
In a letter released Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he "spoke to Her Majesty The Queen to request an end to the current parliamentary session.''
 
The move will squeeze lawmakers who want to bring forward new legislation to block a no-deal Brexit ahead of the Oct. 31 departure.
 
He says a central feature of the legislative program will be the introduction of a bill to leave the European Union and "to secure its passage before 31 October.''
 
 Johnson concludes that: "As always my door is open to all colleagues should you wish to discuss this or any other matter.