UK Parliament to be suspended
London, August 28, 2019 (AltAfrica) The UK government led by the Conservative and Unionist party leader and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has requested that The Queen suspends Parliament days after Members of Parliament return to work – and a matter of weeks before the Brexit deadline.
Three Conservative members of the Queen’s Privy Council took the request to suspend Parliament to the monarch’s Scottish residence in Balmoral on this morning on behalf of the prime minister. It has now been approved, allowing the government to suspend Parliament no earlier than Monday 9 September and no later than Thursday 12 September, until Monday 14 October.
The move will make way for Boris Johnson’s administration to hold a Queen’s Speech – laying out the government’s future plans – on 14 October and make it unlikely for MPs to pass any new laws that could stop the UK from exiting from the European Union without a deal on 31st of October, 2019.
A No 10 source said: “It’s time a new government and new PM set out a plan for the country after we leave the EU.”
The process of suspending the Parliament – known as prorogation – has caused controversy, with critics saying it would stop MPs being able to play their democratic part in the Brexit process. This will no doubt create a huge row.
Yesterday, 27th of August, 2019 the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn says opposition MPs will take the first steps towards trying to pass a law blocking a no-deal Brexit when Parliament returns next week after meeting other opposition leaders to discuss ways of averting a no-deal.
The move aimed at forcing the PM to ask the EU for a further Brexit delay, beyond the current 31 October deadline. With this suspension of the parliament, this move will make it more difficult for the opposition to block the no-deal situation. A No 10 source accused the MPs of “seeking to sabotage the UK’s position” in talks with Brussels.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged the EU to re-open the withdrawal deal reached with Theresa May and to make key changes that would allow it to be passed by Parliament. But he has insisted the UK will be leaving on 31 October even if no new agreement is reached.
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson tweeted that the move was an “utterly scandalous affront to our democracy”.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said MPs must come together to stop the plan next week, or “today will go down in history as a dark one indeed for UK democracy”.
Conservative Party Chairman James Cleverly defended the plan as what “all governments do”.
Or to put it another way:— James Cleverly MP (@JamesCleverly) August 28, 2019
Government to hold a Queen’s Speech, just as all new Governments do. https://t.co/fgKSmLdOzb