BREAKING NEWS: Boris Johnson ‘will today ask the Queen to SUSPEND Parliament days after MPs return to work just weeks before the Brexit deadline’
Boris Johnson is set to ask the Queen to suspend Parliament just weeks before Brexit.
Under plans to be approved at Balmoral today, MPs will not sit between mid-September and October 14.
That will give MPs extremely little time to prevent a No Deal Brexit on October 31, despite cross-party efforts to pass legislation to do just that.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly promised the UK will leave the European Union on October 31, with or without a deal.
After cross-party talks led by Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, a co-ordinated effort to thwart Mr Johnson’s plans has been promised based on passing new legislation when the Commons returns from its summer break on September 3.
Mr Corbyn confirmed he would not immediately push ahead with a move to replace Mr Johnson through a vote of no confidence.
That idea had met resistance because of his plan to lead a caretaker government. Other opposition figures had called for a compromise candidate who would be more likely to command a cross-party Commons majority as an interim prime minister.
Allies of Mr Johnson hit out at the opposition leaders, claiming they would ‘sabotage’ the chances of progress on a Brexit deal.
A Number 10 source said: ‘We are now making progress because our European partners realise we are serious about leaving the EU on October 31 – no ifs, no buts.
‘It’s utterly perverse that Corbyn and his allies are actively seeking to sabotage the UK’s position.
More to follow.