Published On: Wed, Aug 28th, 2019

Brexit latest: Queen ‘to be asked to suspend Parliament TODAY’ – Boris heads to Balmoral | Politics | News

The Queen, who is currently in Balmoral, could be asked to agree to suspend parliament days after MPs have returned to work next week. BBC political editor Laura Kuennsberg said the Privy Council could meet at Balmoral today to discuss Boris Johnson‘s new administration holding a Queen’s speech on October 14.

The exact implications were still being worked out by constitutional experts but it appears the Queen would be asked to present her Speech – formally opening Parliament and laying out the Government’s plans – on 14 October.

This would mean anti-Brexit and anti-no deal MPs would have little or no time to block a no deal Brexit.

A No 10 source told the BBC: “It’s time a new government and new PM set out a plan for the country after we leave the EU.”

BBC’s Nick Robinson tweeted: “Hearing that the Queen could be asked to agree to prorogue parliament as early as today. She’s in Balmoral. Would be done by Order in Council. Only one source. Not confirmed. Watch this space.”  

BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg tweeted: “Johnson govt to hold Queen’s speech on 14th October, will be confirmed by privy council at Balmoral today – No 10 says it’s all biz as usual for a new govt, but has useful political side effect that denies MPs time to try to stop no deal

“Parliament likely to meet therefore from next Monday until around the 11th of September – understand Downing St thinks they have some legal protection from court cases if they are suspending Parliament to come back with a Queen’s Speech – there is going to be HUGE row.” 

Sky News political editor Beth Rigby tweeted: “Cabinet yet to be informed. Understand there is going to be a cabinet call this morning.” 

A former minister told The Times: “It’s outrageous and profoundly undemocratic. It’s not the action of someone who is serious about getting a deal.”

A Downing Street source told the BBC it would be a “bog-standard” Queen’s Speech process about “improving the NHS, helping police fight violent crime, stopping violent criminals getting out early, investing in science + infrastructure, and attacking the cost of living with aggressive tax cuts + other measures”.

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Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson posted on Twitter: “We do not have a “new government.” This action is an utterly scandalous affront to our democracy. We cannot let this happen.” 

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “So it seems that BorisJohnson may actually be about to shut down Parliament to force through a no deal Brexit.

“Unless MPs come together to stop him next week, today will go down inhistory as a dark one indeed for UK democracy.”

Tory MP James Cleverly played down the plans, tweeting: “Or to put it another way: Government to hold a Queen’s Speech, just as all new Governments do.” 

Proroguing marks the end of a session of Parliament and is the name given to the period between the end of one session and the state opening of a new session.

Prorogation happens once a year for a short period, usually in April or May.


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