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Queen approves UK Parliament's suspension till Oct 14, two weeks before Brexit deadline

By Shreya
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London, Aug 28: Queen Elizabeth II has approved Boris Johnson's plan to suspend Parliament when MPs return to work in September until October 14.

Johnson had asked the Queen to suspend the House of Commons sitting from around September 9 or 10, within days of it reconvening after the summer recess next Monday.

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According to the timeline being considered, it would lead to a customary Queen's Speech - which lays out a new UK government's parliamentary business for the year - on October 14.

It is widely seen as an attempt to block MPs from tabling and debating any other major legislation, including an attempt by the Opposition to prevent a no-deal Brexit by the October 31 deadline.

British MPs will now return from their ongoing summer recess next Tuesday and will conclude business by the following week, giving them very little time to table any new legislative measures for debate.

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"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," Downing Street said in a statement.

The House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, led the charge against the move, describing it as a "constitutional outrage".

Downing Street said the decision to end the current parliamentary session, which is "the longest in close to 400 years and in recent months one of the least active", will enable Johnson to put a fresh domestic programme in front of MPs for debate and scrutiny while also ensuring that there is good time before and after the European Council, scheduled for October 17 and 18 - for Parliament to further consider Brexit issues.

Crucial voting on legislation is likely to fall on October 21 and 22.

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