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Suspension of UK parliament commences amid protests

Parliament in the UK has officially been shut down for five weeks, with MPs not due back until October 14.

Amid unprecedented scenes in the House of Commons, some MPs protested against the suspension with signs saying “silenced” while shouting: “Shame on you.”

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bid to call a snap election in October was defeated for a second time.

Opposition MPs, led by the Labour Party, refused to back it. They insisted a law blocking a no-deal Brexit must be implemented first.

In all, 293 MPs voted for Mr. Johnson’s motion for an early election, far short of the two thirds needed.

The embattled PM is expected to chair a cabinet meeting in Downing Street later this morning.

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