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UK PM Boris Johnson plans to restrict parliament time before Brexit, say reports

UK PM Boris Johnson plans to restrict parliament time before Brexit, say reports

UK PM Boris Johnson plans to restrict parliament time before Brexit, say reports
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By CNBC-TV18 Aug 28, 2019 2:49:33 PM IST (Published)

Britain's government will seek to extend the period during which parliament does not normally sit, shutting it for around a month until October 14. A suspend parliament for up to five weeks will prevent UK MPs from planning legislation to stop a no-deal Brexit, BBC and the Guardian have reported.

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The move, as reported by the Guardian, limits the amount of parliamentary time available to lawmakers who want to prevent Prime Minister Boris Johnson from leaving the EU without an exit deal.
Johnson's office did not immediately comment on the reports, which caused the pound to fall.
The news comes a day after lawmakers who are opposed to a so called no-deal Brexit met to discuss ways they could use parliamentary procedure to force Johnson to seek a delay to Brexit.
A meeting about the government's move to limit parliamentary time is due to take place at Queen Elizabeth's Scottish summer residence in Balmoral on Wednesday, the Guardian's political editor, Heather Stewart, has written on Twitter.
"Suggestion from more than one source of a Privy Council meeting at Balmoral today, to discuss/agree extending the conference recess until 14 October," Stewart said.
Buckingham Palace has also declined to comment.
The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said senior ministers would hold a conference call on Wednesday morning. UK parliament returns on September 3 and had been expected to sit for two weeks before breaking up again to allow each national political party to hold their annual conference. Typically it begins sitting again in early October.
The BBC said Johnson would set an October 14 date for the Queen's Speech - the formal state opening of a new session of parliament at which Queen Elizabeth reads a speech prepared by the government, setting out a legislative agenda for the coming year.
A Queen's Speech on October 14 would delay parliament's return, and leave lawmakers with just over two weeks until Britain is due to leave the European Union on October 31.
Best for Britain, a group committed to stopping Brexit “through any democratic means”, have issued a statement. The group’s chief executive Naomi Smith has said, “It would make no sense for the Queen to back this deeply undemocratic, unconstitutional and fundamentally political manoeuvre from the government. If the Queen is asked to help, she would do well to remember history doesn’t look too kindly on royals who aid and abet the suspension of democracy.”
The Observer’s political editor Toby Helm has tweeted that his paper reported on Sunday that Boris Johnson had asked the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, whether parliament could be shut down for five weeks from 9 September. He said the report was rubbished by Number 10.
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