UK Government to ask Queen to suspend Parliament

The Queen will be asked by the government to suspend Parliament days after MPs return to work – and a matter of weeks before the Brexit deadline.

The BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, says it will make way for Boris Johnson’s new administration to hold a Queen’s Speech – laying out the government’s future plans – on 14 October.

But it means MPs are unlikely to have time to pass any laws that could stop the prime minister taking the UK out of the EU without a deal on 31 October.

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

The idea of shutting down Parliament – known as prorogation – has caused controversy, with critics saying it would stop MPs being able to play their democratic part in the Brexit process.

Laura Kuenssberg said only a small number of government ministers knew about the plan and it was going to cause a huge row.

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