UK govt formally suspends Parliament for 5 weeks

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

The UK government insists this is not the case and that the aim of proroguing Parliament is to allow Mr Johnson to set out his legislative plans in the Queen's Speech while still allowing sufficient time for MPs to debate Brexit.

"And the prime minister appears to want to run away from questions".

Johnson said he would go to the European Council meeting on October 17 to get a Brexit deal.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said that while the government would obey the law, Mr Johnson would not be requesting another extension of the Article 50 European Union withdrawal process, despite new legislation compelling him to do so.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, told MPs that the prime minister did not intend to follow a law just passed by the parliament, instructing him to ask Brussels for a deal if no deal has been reached.

Mr Corbyn recommitted to a second referendum on Brexit, which he said would include a "credible option to Leave" as well as Remain.

In a day of busy political activity ahead of the shutdown, Johnson flew to Dublin for discussions with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

But Johnson reiterated his position that he would not ask for the extension.

Johnson is scheduled to head to Brussels on October 17 for a crucial meeting of the European Council, which is made up of leaders of the 28 EU member states.

Speaker John Bercow generated breaking news on television channels when he announced Monday that he would be standing down as Speaker and as an MP on October 31 at the latest. "He did not say, acknowledge or accept three votes that have taken place in this parliament, and under his request, the House is now due, apparently this evening, to be prorogued for one of the longest prorogations in history, simply in order to avoid any questioning of what he is doing or not doing", Corbyn said.

Although Bercow was praised by politicians, including ministers, he has been blamed for making life hard for both Theresa May's and Johnson's governments by allowing backbench MPs to seize control of the parliamentary order paper.

Documents about Operation Yellowhammer were leaked to a national newspaper.

The Johnson government was restricted in its actions when the opposition managed to pass a motion blocking it from leaving the European Union on October 31 without an agreement, which makes it mandatory to ask Brussels for an extension to the Brexit date.