LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will restrict parliament’s alternative to derail his Brexit plans by asserting his new legislative agenda on Oct. 14 – his boldest transfer but within the push to take the nation out of the European Union on Oct. 31.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks throughout a information convention on the finish of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
A authorities supply mentioned Johnson, who has vowed to take Britain out of the EU with out a divorce deal if obligatory, plans to set an Oct. 14 date for the Queen’s Speech – the formal state opening of a brand new session of parliament.
That might successfully shut parliament from mid-September for round a month and reduces the parliamentary time through which lawmakers might attempt to block a no-deal Brexit.
Whereas suspending parliament forward of a Queen’s Speech is the historic norm in Britain, the choice to restrict parliamentary scrutiny weeks earlier than the nation’s most contentious coverage choice in a long time prompted a direct outcry.
Sterling fell sharply, dropping round a cent in opposition to the U.S. greenback and the euro, as buyers took the information as an indication no-deal Brexit, and the prospect of a success to Britain’s financial system, was extra seemingly.
“This motion is an completely scandalous affront to our democracy,” Tom Watson, the deputy chief of the Labour Get together, mentioned on Twitter. “We can not let this occur.”
On Tuesday, lawmakers against a no-deal Brexit met to debate methods they may use parliamentary process to drive Johnson to hunt a delay to Brexit.
In line with the BBC, a gathering in regards to the authorities’s transfer to restrict parliamentary time was resulting from happen at Queen Elizabeth’s Scottish summer season residence in Balmoral on Wednesday.
Buckingham Palace declined to remark.
The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg mentioned senior ministers would maintain a convention name on Wednesday.
Nicola Sturgeon, the primary minister of Scotland, mentioned Wednesday would go down as a “darkish one certainly for UK democracy” except politicians be a part of forces subsequent week to cease the prime minister.
Parliament returns from its summer season break on Sept. three and had been anticipated to sit down for 2 weeks earlier than breaking apart once more to permit political events to carry their annual conferences. Usually it begins sitting once more in early October.
The supply mentioned Johnson would set an Oct. 14 date for the Queen’s Speech – the formal state opening of a brand new session of parliament at which Queen Elizabeth reads a speech ready by the federal government, setting out a legislative agenda for the approaching yr.
A Queen’s Speech on Oct. 14 would delay parliament’s return, and depart lawmakers with simply over two weeks till Britain is because of depart the EU on Oct. 31.
Reporting by William James and David Milliken; Enhancing by William Schomberg, Kate Holton and Janet Lawrence