Unic Press UK: United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson says his administration would bring the current parliamentary session to an end; and cause a second session of this Parliament to commence on Monday, the 14 October with a Queen’s Speech.
Given this development, it s expected that votes on the Queen’s Speech would hold between Monday the 21st and Tuesday, the 22nd October.
According to the UK government, the decision to kibosh this parliamentary session would enable the Prime Minister table “a fresh domestic programme” for consideration by the Members of Parliament (MPs).
A press release today by the government https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-announces-plans-to-bring-forward-new-bold-and-ambitious-legislative-agenda reads:
“The Prime Minister has spoken to Her Majesty The Queen to request an end to the current parliamentary session in the second sitting week in September. Following the conclusion of the traditional party conference season, the second session of this Parliament will commence with a Queen’s Speech on Monday 14 October. A central feature of the legislative programme will be the Government’s number one legislative priority – if a new deal is forthcoming at European Council – to introduce a Withdrawal Agreement Bill and move at pace to secure its passage before 31 October.”
The Prime Minister said:
“We must focus on crucial public priorities – helping the NHS, fighting violent crime, investing in infrastructure and science and cutting the cost of living. We have made an important start – funding for 20,000 extra police officers and new investment in our NHS – but to deliver on the public’s priorities we require a new session and a Queen’s Speech. I believe it is vital that Parliament is sitting both before and after European Council and if, as I hope, a deal with the EU is forthcoming, Parliament will then have the opportunity to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill required for ratification ahead of 31 October.”
Labour Party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn has denounced the moves towards suspending Parliament, alleging that the Prime Minister is avoiding a scrutiny of his Brexit plans.
Boris Johnson’s attempt to suspend parliament to avoid scrutiny of his plans for a reckless No Deal Brexit is an outrage and a threat to our democracy.
Labour will work across Parliament to hold the government to account and prevent a disastrous No Deal.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 28, 2019