UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that parliament will be suspended until October 14.
“The Prime Minister spoke with Her Majesty the Queen and asked her to complete the current parliamentary session in the second week of meetings in September. At the end of the traditional season of party conferences, the second session of the current parliament will begin with the Queen’s speech on Monday, October 14,” the office said.
Given the fact that parliamentarians will leave the holidays on September 3, they will have a few days left before and after the suspension of work in order to somehow prevent Britain from leaving the EU without an agreement.
Meanwhile, Johnson explained the decision to suspend the work of parliament by the need to implement an internal political program.
“The decision to put an end to the current parliamentary session – the longest in almost 400 years and one of the least active in recent months – will allow the Prime Minister to present to the deputies a new domestic political agenda, while leaving enough time for Parliament before and after the European Council (it will be held 17- October 18) to consider further issues related to Brexit,” the report said.
At the same time, many colleagues see in the decision of the Prime Minister the desire to limit as much as possible their voting rights on Brexit issues.
According to speaker John Birkou, Johnson’s goal is to prevent parliament from discussing the terms of the exit.
“The closure of the parliament will be an insult to the democratic process and the rights of parliamentarians as elected representatives of the people,” the statement said.
Former Finance Minister Philip Hammond called the prime minister’s decision “deeply undemocratic.”
“This is a gross constitutional violation – not to give parliament the opportunity to control the government during the national crisis,” he wrote on Twitter.
According to the forecast of Brexit party leader Nigel Farage, the suspension of the parliament “will almost certainly lead to a vote of confidence” to the prime minister.
The UK should leave the EU on October 31, but the situation has reached an impasse:
Parliament is opposed to the agreement with the European Union in its current form and is categorically opposed to Brexit without an agreement. The EU refuses to go for a review.
The day before, the leaders of the opposition British parties agreed to jointly oppose the withdrawal without an agreement. They are considering various options, including the adoption of a bill and a motion of no confidence in Johnson.
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