Midlands MPs have reacted to news that the government has asked the Queen to suspend Parliament just days after MPs return to work in September - and only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline.
Boris Johnson said a Queen's Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14 October, to outline his "very exciting agenda".
But it means the time MPs have to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit on 31 October would be cut.
Deputy leader of the Labour Party and West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson called the move "an utterly scandalous affront to our democracy".
While Birmingham Edgbaston MP Preet Kaur Gill tweeted it was "an affront to the democratic process" and added "this must not happen".
The Conservative MP for the Wrekin, Mark Pritchard tweeted: "If it takes Parliament being prorogued to help deliver Brexit, then so be it. Democracy means delivering on Brexit. The PM is right to take this decision."
And the Conservative MP for Telford, Lucy Allan, wrote on twitter: "The ‘Stop Brexit’ brigade have had three years of Parliamentary time on this. Brexit is happening."
The prime minister said he did not want to wait until after Brexit "before getting on with our plans to take this country forward", and insisted there would still be "ample time" for MPs to debate Brexit.
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