What Happened: Thousands of protesters brought parts of central London to a standstill on Aug. 31 as they rallied against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend Parliament for about a month in the run-up to Brexit, BBC reported. Protests were also held in more than 30 towns and cities across the United Kingdom.
Why It Matters: A backlash has been building against Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament since he announced it on Aug. 28. If the suspension happens as expected, Parliament will be closed from mid-September to mid-October. The suspension will sharply reduce the time lawmakers will have to try to prevent a no-deal Brexit from the European Union on Oct. 31.
Background: Johnson has pledged to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union with or without a deal on future relations with the bloc.
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