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State & Ceremonial

The Queen approves controversial order to suspend Parliament

The Queen has approved a controversial order to prorogue Parliament.

The court of Bamoral Castle has announced that Parliament cannot be suspended any earlier than September 9 and no later than September 12, until October 14.

The order reads:

“It is this day ordered by Her Majesty in Council that the Parliament be prorogued on a day no earlier than Monday the 9th day of September and no later than Thursday the 12th day of September 2019 to Monday the 14th day of October 2019, to be then holden for the despatch of divers urgent and important affairs, and that the Right Honourable the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain do cause a Commission to be prepared and issued in the usual manner for proroguing the Parliament accordingly.”

The order means that Parliament will be suspended just days after MPs return to work in September.

Crucially, this means in the weeks leading up to Brexit day, MPs will be forced away from the legislative chambers meaning they cannot debate the issue.

In an extraordinary statement, the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has called the decision a “constitutional outrage”.

The Leder of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, said: “Suspending Parliament is not acceptable, it is not on. What the prime minister is doing is a smash and grab on our democracy to force through a no deal.”

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