Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to suspend parliament, a statement from the official body of advisers to the Queen, known as the Privy Council, said on Wednesday.
The statement confirmed that parliament would be suspended on a day between Sept. 9 and Sept. 12, until Oct. 14.
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Johnson, however, rejected the idea he asked the Queen to suspend the Parliament in order to give lawmakers less time to stop a no-deal Brexit. He said that suggestion was “completely untrue”, the BBC reported.
“We need new legislation. We’ve got to be bringing forward new and important bills and that’s why we are going to have a Queen’s Speech.
“There will be ample time on both sides of that crucial October 17 summit in Parliament for MPs to debate the EU, debate Brexit and all the other issues,” he said.
Johnson said the move would ensure his government can start working on its priorities. He had earlier declared that the UK will be leaving the EU on October 31, with or without a deal.
Philip Hammond, a senior member of the Conservative Party, said preventing the Parliament from “holding the government to account at a time of national crisis” would cause a constitutional crisis.
Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the opposition Labour Party and shadow Culture Secretary, said the move was “an utterly scandalous affront to our democracy”.
Anna Soubry, who left the Conservative Party to join a breakaway cross-party bloc known as the Independent Group for Change, said Britain’s “democracy is under threat”.
With just 64 days until Brexit, talks between the UK and the EU’s negotiating teams have stalled.
Johnson, who campaigned for Leave in the run-up to the 2016 referendum, is opposed to the current withdrawal deal, which was drawn up by his predecessor Theresa May and was rejected three times by the House of Commons.
The new Tory leader, who took over from May on July 24, has threatened to withhold the UK’s divorce bill, which is around 32 billion pounds.