Labour MP Neil Coyle Calls Boris Johnson 'A D***' On Sky News
The MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark made his outburst whilst he was on the rolling news channel to discuss Johnson's decision yesterday to prorogue the UK Parliament from early September until 14 October.
Critics of his decision have said the Prime Minister is trying to limit the amount of time that parliament has to debate and potentially rule out a no-deal Brexit scenario.
The UK is set to leave the European Union on 31 October, but parliament would only return after the suspension - yesterday approved by Queen Elizabeth II - slightly more than two weeks before that deadline.
Speaking about the issue in the Sky News studio, Coyle said: "I don't think Boris Johnson is acting like a dictator, I just think he is acting like a bit of a d***, frankly."
After that revelation, which obviously occurred a good while before the 9pm watershed after which profanity is allowed on the television, Sky broadcaster Adam Boulton tried to apologise for Coyle's language but was met with further dissent from Coyle.
He continued: "I'm sure your audience are adults."
That's a big assumption, Neil.
Anyway, the Prime Minister has kicked up quite a fuss since it became clear that he would seek a suspension of Parliament.
Writing in a letter to MPs, Johnson said yesterday: "We've got to move ahead now with a new legislative programme, and there will be ample time on both sides of that crucial 17 October [European Council] summit, in Parliament, for MPs to debate the EU, to debate Brexit, and all the other issues."
However, he has attracted criticism from both sides of the house, as well as Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow.
Bercow called the move a 'constitutional outrage' and said: "I have had no contact from the Government, but if the reports that it is seeking to prorogure Parliament are confirmed, this move represents a constitutional outrage.
"However it is dressed up, it is blindingly obvious that the purpose of prorogation now would be to stop Parliament debating Brexit and performing its duty in shaping a course for the country."
Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn also said: "I am appalled at the recklessness of Johnson's government, which talks about sovereignty and yet is seeking to suspend parliament to avoid scrutiny of its plans for a reckless no-deal Brexit. This is an outrage and a threat to our democracy."
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