U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will ask the Queen to "prorogue" - or suspend - Parliament as early as mid-September in a move that will reduce the time available to British lawmakers to block a no-deal Brexit.
Parliament would be suspended until Oct. 14, Johnson said in a statement. Brexit is due to happen on Oct. 31, and Johnson has promised the U.K. will leave the European Union on that date with or without a deal.
Members of Parliament are due to return from summer break on Sept. 3, giving them roughly one week to pass any legislation that would seek to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
Johnson's plan will be considered at a meeting of the Privy Council at the Queen's Balmoral estate, according to reports. The Queen would have to formally approve the request.
The referendum result must be respected.
We will leave the EU on 31st October. #LeaveOct31— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) August 27, 2019
British governments usually arrange for a new parliamentary session to begin every year. New sessions start with a Queen's Speech, which outlines the government's legislative priorities for the session.
The U.K. economy contracted for the first time in seven years last quarter, according to official data published earlier this month, as the impact of the country's decision to leave the European Union, and the government's threat to do so without a trade deal, hurt growth.
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