Queen Will Suspend Parliament at Request of Boris Johnson: Hello No Deal Brexit!

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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

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.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (20)
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shamrock
shamrock

The pound is marginally down but otherwise please note the collective yawn around the world.

msurkan
msurkan

Good or bad, this is a transparent move to limit the amount of time parliament has to make more attempts at derailing Brexit. Johnson wouldn't be doing this if he didn't feel there was a risk parliament could throw a monkey wrench into the Brexit gears.

Also, it's important to keep in mind that this prorogation move only reduces the sitting time of parliament by a maximum of six days. There is already a lengthy recess scheduled that would occur even without prorogation.

I don't really see what Johnson gets by just eliminating a mere six days of parliament seating time. But neither do I see what six additional days buys the opposition. If they are unable to defeat the government in the active sessions they will still get with prorogation why would another six help?

Herkie
Herkie

Wow, I am shocked actually. Something tells me John Bercow is not invited to Christmas celebrations this year, accusing the queen of an unconstitutional move, dude has brass balls.

“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?" Said the guy that LOST and has been attempting to derail the vote ever since. Corbyn and the remainers never had any intention of abiding by the will of the people. I mean you all complain about dems not getting over HRC losing, this guy is in a class by himself when it comes to not accepting election results.

I am very happy the queen did this, now I hope the results will be that the remainers finally realize they lost and will instead work for a deal that CAN be done for the good of the most on both sides of the channel. I also hope the EU confederacy collapses into the hell it came from.

Latkes
Latkes

This has been dragging on for way too long.

thimk
thimk

You can always count on the English to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.