The Associated Press reports:
Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted Monday that a new Brexit deal can be reached to ensure Britain leaves the European Union by the Oct. 31 deadline, as he prepared to suspend Parliament and send rebellious lawmakers home until two weeks before the country is supposed to leave the bloc.
Lawmakers used the hours before the suspension to deliver new blows to Johnson’s teetering authority. An opposition-backed measure designed to stop Britain from crashing out of the EU on Oct. 31 without a divorce deal became law after receiving the formal assent of Queen Elizabeth II. That came hours before legislators were set to reject Johnson’s demand for a snap election to break the political deadlock engulfing the government.
Meanwhile, Speaker John Bercow, whose control of business in the House of Commons has made him a central player in the Brexit drama, announced he would step down after a decade in the job.
Boris Johnson has now prorogued Parliament until Oct 14th. He is determined to deny the British people democracy.
— People’s Vote UK (@peoplesvote_uk) September 9, 2019
Boris Johnson is shutting down Parliament to force through his No Deal Brexit.
This is an attack on our democracy.
We’re leading the fight against the Parliament shutdown and against No Deal.
Once No Deal is off the table, we’ll back a General Election.
With us? Pass this on. pic.twitter.com/nDFgdTRpQU
— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) September 9, 2019
“I would like to make it absolutely clear that I am not attracted to arcane procedures such as the prorogation of parliament,” Boris Johnson told Conservative MPs before he became prime minister.
Tonight he will suspend parliament for the longest period ever in the modern era.
— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) September 9, 2019
It’s a “travesty of democracy” that Boris Johnson is shutting down Parliament in a time of national crisis.
— Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) September 9, 2019