British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a mandatory break from mid-September to 14 October for the House of Commons in London. He yesterday called for the approval of Queen Elizabeth II to hold her parliamentary opening in mid-October. With this constitutional act, the monarch launches a new legislative session, which must be preceded by a parliamentary suspension.
In endorsing Johnson's wishes, the Prime Minister's opponents have virtually no opportunity to prevent the disorderly mess of Brexit threatened by his government, which involves leaving the EU without agreement. Johnson rejected the accusation of wanting to eliminate the parliament in the conflict over the exit of the EU. "We need to move forward with our national program, which requires legislation," Johnson said.
He mentioned his already announced projects in the areas of health, crime prevention and education. The Lower House would still have enough time after October 14 to debate Brexit.
"Black day for democracy"
The opposition is raging and sees a "declaration of war in Parliament". Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labor Party, said Johnson's plan was "a scandal and a threat to our democracy". His letter to the queen asking for a four-eyed conversation came too late anyway.
Corbyn then announced a motion of no confidence to Prime Minister Johnson. However, he did not appoint a schedule yesterday.
Speaker of Parliament, John Bercow, also reacted to Johnson's action. It was a "crime against the Constitution". "Whatever you do, it is obvious that the purpose of a break from the session at this stage would be to prevent Parliament from participating in a debate on Brexit (…)".
Former Chancellor Philip Hammond tweeted "Deeply undemocratic". It would be a shame if Parliament was prevented from looking at the government in times of national crisis. "Today 's day will remain in history as a black day for democracy in the UK," Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote on Twitter – if MPs do not want to talk about it. do not stop Johnson's plans.
Sessions are also suspended in 1948
For more than 70 years, the government has been using this radical measure for the first time against its own parliament. In 1948, the then Prime Minister, Clement Attlee, suspended three sessions of Parliament to avoid resistance from the House of Lords against his then-revolutionary state plans.
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