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UK PM asks Queen to suspend parliament

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked the Queen to suspend Parliament just days after MPs return to work in September.

 The move will be coming only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline of October 31.

Mr. Johnson, who took office in July, said a Queen’s Speech would happen after the suspension, on October 14, to outline his “very exciting agenda”.

The BBC reports House of Commons Speaker John Bercow as describing the PM’s move as a “constitutional outrage”.

“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,” Mr. Bercow added.

Senior Conservative party MP Dominic Grieve called it “an outrageous act”, warning it could lead to a vote of no confidence in the PM.

“This government will come down,” he said.

However, Mr. Johnson has denied accusations that the suspension was motivated by a desire to force through a no-deal.

He said there would still be “ample time” for MPs to debate the UK’s departure from the EU.

Critics of the suspension move are nevertheless insistent that the idea of shutting down Parliament will not afford MPs enough time to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit on October 31.

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