News 28 August 2019

Boris Johnson To Suspend Parliament Weeks Before Brexit Deadline

28 August 2019

Parliament is set to be suspended in September, just weeks before the Brexit deadline.

The Queen approved Borish Johnson’s request to suspend Parliament from 9th September to 14th October earlier today (August 28).

A Queen’s Speech will take place after the suspension ends on 14th October which will outline Boris Johnson’s “very exciting agenda”.

Because the deadline for a Brexit deal to be made was 31st October, the move will restrict MPs ability to block a no-deal Brexit.

When asked about if his decision to suspend Parliament was to stop MPs from blocking a no-deal Brexit, Johnson said: “No, that is completely untrue.”

However, John Bercrow – the House of Commons Speaker – has condemned Johnson’s decision to do so, saying 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”.

Bercrow also described the suspension as a “public outrage”.