UK Parliament Suspended for Queen’s Speech

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LONDON – THE United Kingdom Parliament will be suspended just days after MPs return to work in September.

And this will be only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a Queen’s Speech would take place after the suspension, on October 14 to outline his “very exciting agenda.”

But it means the time MPs have to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit on October 31 would be cut short as House of Commons Speaker John Bercow described the situation as a “constitutional outrage.”

The BBC noted that the Speaker, who does not traditionally comment on political announcements, said: “However it is dressed up, it is blindingly obvious that the purpose of (suspending Parliament) now would be to stop (MPs) debating Brexit and performing its duty in shaping a course for the country.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Suspending Parliament is not acceptable, it is not on. What the prime minister is doing is a smash and grab on our democracy to force through a no deal.”

He said when MPs return to the Commons next Tuesday, “the first thing we’ll do is attempt legislation to prevent what (the PM” is doing”, followed by a vote of no confidence “at some point.”

 

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