The BBC reports:
The government has asked the Queen to suspend Parliament just days after MPs return to work in September – and only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline. Boris Johnson said a Queen’s Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14 October, to outline his “very exciting agenda”.
But it means the time MPs have to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit on 31 October would be cut. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said it was a “constitutional outrage”.
The speaker, who does not traditionally comment on political announcements, added: “However it is dressed up, it is blindingly obvious that the purpose of [suspending Parliament] now would be to stop [MPs] debating Brexit and performing its duty in shaping a course for the country.”
Sterling fell 1% against the dollar Wednesday morning after U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would schedule the formal reopening of parliament for October 14 — a highly-controversial move that would restrict parliamentary time before the Brexit deadline and increase the chances of the U.K. leaving the EU with no deal.
After initial media reports, Johnson confirmed Wednesday morning that parliament would be suspended days after Members of Parliament (MPs) return from their summer recess, and would return only for the queen to deliver a speech outlining the government’s post-Brexit plans on October 14.
With this, the unelected poundshop dictator Boris Johnson threatens to end Britain's long history of Parliamentary democracy.
If Parliament is silenced on the biggest issue of our time we must take to the streets in peaceful protest & civil disobedience. https://t.co/4CwyNxH8xo
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) August 28, 2019
Given her past statements opposing a no deal Brexit, it would be good to have confirmation from Ruth Davidson today that all Scots Tory MPs will back the cross party effort next week to stop it – and that they will also oppose Boris Johnson’s attempt to shut down Parliament.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) August 28, 2019
“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’ll be ample time on both sides of that crucial Oct 17th summit; ample time in Parliament for MPs to debate Brexit” @BorisJohnson#StandUp4Brexit pic.twitter.com/BCnDw2tHcO
— #StandUp4Brexit (@StandUp4Brexit) August 28, 2019
Boris Johnson's intentions are clear: suspending Parliament, a crash out Brexit and blaming MPs for the chaos
We will not be bullied. We will not surrender parliamentary sovereignty to the right wing cabal in Number 10
MPs must unite to stop this abuse of executive power
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) August 27, 2019
.@BorisJohnson you have done this.
You've united the parties in the #PeoplesParliament, against your plans to shut the people, and our historic Parliament, out of one of the most critical decisions our country will take; crashing out of the EU without a deal
You won't succeed! pic.twitter.com/rUcNYAC81W
— Tom Brake MP 🔶 (@thomasbrake) August 27, 2019
All members of The Independents are opposed to Boris Johnson suspending parliament and will work with MPs from across the House of Commons to prevent him doing that. MPs must be recalled as soon as possible to hold the Prime Minister to account. #PeoplesParliament pic.twitter.com/1dnpT5I3Nr
— The Independents (@IndTogether) August 27, 2019