Protesters wielding pro-democracy placards and European Union flags rallied on Saturday in dozens of British cities against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's controversial move to suspend parliament just weeks before Brexit.
A court case being heard in Belfast this week aims to block Mr Johnson's suspension of Parliament on the grounds that a no-deal Brexit would breach the 1998 Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to the British-run province of Northern Ireland.
Protestors gathered today in Cambridge brandished banners bearing slogans such as "stop prorogation, defend democracy", "hands off our parliament" and "stop Brexit".
Protesters took to the streets in towns and cities over the weekend while Lord Young of Cookham resigned as a whip.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott addressed the London protesters from a stage near Downing Street.
"A sign read: "#StopTheCoup.
Mr Hammond insisted a no-deal exit would be "undemocratic" as Boris Johnson's Brexit stance faced cross party opposition in the Commons next week.
"I'm afraid that the more our friends and partners think, at the back of their minds, that Brexit could be stopped, that the United Kingdom could be kept in by parliament, the less likely they are to give us the deal that we need", he said.
"It's not on, and we're not having it", Corbyn said.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been taking part in a similar protest in London. Stand up for democracy and fight against Johnson's coup.
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"These are the actions of a man who is afraid his arguments will not stand scrutiny", she said.
Opposition leaders have written to the monarch in protest and Commons Speaker John Bercow said the move was a "constitutional outrage" created to stop Parliament debating Brexit.
Left-wing campaign group Momentum has called on its members to "occupy bridges and blockade roads" in conjunction with unrest on the streets.
In Exeter, western England, 55-year-old pharmacist Bridie Walton said she was attending the first demonstration of her life.
But there has been open disquiet about the tactics adopted by the new Johnson government, with several legal challenges launched against his decision to prorogue parliament, which an anonymous civil servant branded "constitutional vandalism" in a major newspaper. The move has been criticized because it limits opportunities for MPs to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union on October 31 without a deal.
Parliament will next week host an historic showdown between Mr Johnson and politicians who view themselves as the last bulwark against economic ruin. Tactics could include introducing a variety of amendments that would have to be debated, or the use of filibusters to stall the process.
The shutdown of Parliament is also being challenged in two other separate court cases scheduled to be heard this week.
The move was widely seen as a way of limiting the time Johnson's opponents have to organise against him.
However the EU's leader Brexit negotiator mentioned Brussels would now not exchange the divorce deal struck together with his predecessor Theresa May.
Johnson, who only came to power in July following a Conservative Party leadership election, has promised Britain will depart the bloc on October 31 with or without a deal.