Queen To Suspend Parliament At Request Of Boris; No-Deal Brexit Incoming

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Posted: Aug 29, 2019 10:03 AM
Queen To Suspend Parliament At Request Of Boris; No-Deal Brexit Incoming

Source: AP Photo/Rui Vieira

At Boris Johnson's request, the Queen agreed to suspend parliament for several weeks in September and October.

Queen Will Suspend Parliament

The BBC reports Parliament to be Suspended in September

Boris Johnson said a Queen's Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14 October, to outline his "very exciting agenda".

But it means the time MPs have to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit on 31 October would be cut.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said it was a "constitutional outrage".

The Speaker, who does not traditionally comment on political announcements, continued: "However it is dressed up, it is blindingly obvious that the purpose of [suspending Parliament] now would be to stop [MPs] debating Brexit and performing its duty in shaping a course for the country."

Three Conservative members of the Queen's Privy Council took the request to suspend Parliament to the monarch's Scottish residence in Balmoral on Wednesday 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.

While it is not possible to mount a legal challenge to the Queen's exercise of her personal prerogative powers, BBC legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman said a judicial review could be launched into the advice given to her by the prime minister - to determine whether that advice was lawful.

Guardian Live

The Guardian Live Blog has more details.

Can MPs Stop Prorogation?

No. Parliament is due to go on a three-week conference recess anyway in the second week of September and there had been suggestions MPs would vote against holding this recess, or any attempt to extend it. However, proroguing parliament is not voted on by MPs so cannot be stopped in this way.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Comments

“What the prime minister is doing is a sort of smash and grab on our democracy in order to force through a no-deal exit from the European Union. What is he so afraid of that he has to suspend parliament in order to prevent parliament discussing these matters?

Corbyn said the first thing Labour would do was to put forward legislation to prevent the suspension, and than there would be a challenge in the form of a vote of no confidence.

Asked about plans by a cross-party group of MPs to hold an alternative parliament, and calls by some Labour MPs for people to take to the streets, he replied: “We will do everything that we can. We will join everybody else in doing that.”

Boris Johnson Confirms Queens Speech on October 14

"As I said on the steps of Downing Street, we’re not going to wait until 31 October before getting on with our plans to take this country forward. This is a new government with a very exciting agenda ... We have to be bringing forward new and important bills. That’s why we are going to have a Queen’s speech and we are going to do it on 14 October."

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Boris will likely call for elections, but two-thirds of parliament has to agree.

Parliament Efforts

The articles discuss parliamentary legislation but such talk is useless.

Parliament can vote all it wants to prevent No Deal but such votes are not binding.

Boris Johnson set a date of October 14 for the Queen's Speech. Parliament can only amend legislation at that time. It will be too late to stop Brexit.

The one and only option on the table that could work is if on September 3 parliament passes a motion of No Confidence and simultaneously comes up with a candidate that has a majority.

Any Tories who vote against the government will be outed and lose their seats in the next election.

Even then, Boris Johnson could refuse to stand down as the above Tweet suggests, but that would likely trigger a court challenge.