PRIME MINISTER, Boris Johnson, has made a controversial decision to suspend Parliament, and has received approval from the Queen.
The suspension of Parliament will be in effect from September 10 until October 14, just two weeks before the proposed date for Brexit of October 31. The move was proposed to prevent MPs from blocking the UK from leaving the European Union, it is alleged.
The Prime Minister asked for the Queen’s permission on Wednesday morning before sending a letter to every MP detailing his plans. The Queen’s role in suspending the parliamentary session was predominantly procedural and she officially approved it by Wednesday afternoon.
In the letter to MPs the Prime Minister said: “This morning I spoke to Her Majesty The Queen to request an end to the current parliamentary session in the second sitting week in September, before commencing the second session of this Parliament with a Queen’s speech on Monday 14 October.
“A central feature of the legislative programme will be the Government’s number one legislative priority, if a new deal is forthcoming at EU Council, to introduce a Withdrawal Agreement Bill and move at pace to secure its passage before 31 October.’
“Member States are watching what Parliament does with great interest and it is only by showing unity and resolve that we stand a chance of securing a new deal that can be passed by Parliament,’ he said.
‘In the meantime, the Government will take the responsible approach of continuing its preparations for leaving the EU, with or without a deal.’
‘Should I succeed in agreeing a deal with the EU, Parliament will then have the opportunity to pass the Bill required for ratification of the deal ahead of 31 October, he said.
The controversial move has sparked fury in the country with politicians believing that Johnson has “sidelined Parliament” and Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader has accused him of launching a ‘smash and grab against our democracy’ and has written to the Queen to express his concern and request a meeting at the palace.
Boris Johnson has defended his decision by saying “’there will be ample time both sides of that crucial October 17 summit, ample time, in Parliament for MPs top debate the EU, to debate Brexit and all the other issues.”
As a result of this decision the pound has crashed by more than one per cent against the euro and the dollar, several Tory remainers said that they would back a vote of no confidence in Johnson’s government and opposition MPs have suggested that they will not leave the commons if the doors to Parliament are closed.