Johnson asks Elizabeth II to suspend parliament

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to appeal to Queen Elizabeth II with a request to suspend the work of parliament, the Sky News channel reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

According to the interlocutors of the channel, this step will be to help the prime minister realize his domestic political agenda.

The channel notes that in accordance with the plans of his government, the work of parliament will be “frozen” from September 9 to October 14 – the date when the queen should speak before the deputies.

Thus, the channel continues, parliamentarians will have significantly fewer days to discuss a deal with Brussels before Britain leaves the EU, scheduled for October 31. Johnson himself denies that this step is connected with the desire to withdraw Britain from the EU without a deal.

In turn, BBC News notes that the government intends to suspend parliament from mid-September: this means that British MPs have limited time to stop the possible “hard” Brexit – without an agreement between London and Brussels.

However, Sky News notes that, apparently, not all members of Johnson’s Cabinet are aware of his plans.

The UK is preparing to leave the European Union on October 31, 2019. At the same time, the British Parliament did not accept the deal on Brexit, agreed upon by the country’s previous Prime Minister Theresa May and Brussels. The current Prime Minister, Johnson, is ready to amend the deal to pass it through parliament, but Brussels has repeatedly stated that he does not intend to re-negotiate on points that politicians in the UK are not comfortable with.

Johnson has repeatedly stated that the UK will leave the EU anyway within the time period agreed with Brussels. At the same time, he noted that the conclusion of a deal with Brussels is a priority for him.

On the eve of the leader of the opposition Labor Party of Great Britain, Jeremy Corbyn promised to do “everything necessary” to prevent the “hard” Brexit.


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