Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has condemned news of the government's plans to ask the Queen to suspend parliament days after the return from summer recess. The move by the government is widely seen as an attempt to prevent parliament interfering with the Brexit process.
Mr. Carmichael said:
"This is an existential threat to parliamentary democracy. These actions go beyond Brexit or any other constitutional issue. Parliament must stand strong against a government which seeks to undermine and sideline it. People who care about democracy, whatever their party, must put aside their differences to prevent this.
"From a man who was put in power by a vote of fewer than 150,000 people, this is an outrage that cannot be allowed to stand.
"In years gone by the establishment used to protect our institutions. Now it is the Etonian elite who are putting them under threat."