UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that parliament’s suspension would be extended until October 14 – two weeks before the planned departure of the UK from the European Union, angering opposition MPs.
The MPs will return to London longer than they have in recent years, giving pro-EU lawmakers less time than expected to thwart Johnson’s Brexit plans, ahead of the Brexit scheduled for October 31.
“We will do that on October 14,” Johnson told reporters.
Johnson is due to attend a recent EU summit three days after the parliament session.
“There will be plenty of time on both sides of the crucial October 17 summit, and plenty of time in parliament before the House of Representatives debate,” Johnson said.
Sterling fell almost 1 percent against the dollar and the euro in the wake of the news.
The British currency fell 0.94 percent to 1,2179 per dollar, while the euro was at 91.09 pence.
A source at Johnson’s Downing Street headquarters stressed that the House of Commons would lose only four days as a result.
Parliament returns from its summer recess on 3 September.
Parliament is suspended by custom on the occasion of the annual conferences of the three main parties. The last congress of the ruling Conservative Party is due to end on October 2.
Johnson wants parliament to resume its session 12 days later, on October 14.
Last year, the party-related holiday lasted from September 13 to October 9, six days after the party conventions ended.
The 2017 holiday lasted from 14 September to 9 October, five days after the last conference.
The decision angered opposition lawmakers seeking to block Brexit.
“This move is a blatant insult to our democracy. We cannot allow this to happen,” said Tom Watson, deputy leader of the main opposition Labor Party.
“The oldest parliaments will not be allowed to distance the people’s parliament from the biggest decisions facing our country. This declaration of war will be met with an iron fist,” Liberal Democratic Party spokesman Tom Brick tweeted on Twitter.
Johnson sticks to Britain’s exit from the European Union as scheduled on October 31 – which has been postponed twice – with or without an agreement with Brussels.
Six opposition parties vowed on Tuesday to seek legislative amendments to prevent Brexit without agreement.
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