Boris Johnson announces suspension of Parliament

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Boris Johnson announced he will suspend parliament for almost a month ahead of the October 31 Brexit date.

In a letter to all Conservative MPs, he said he has asked the queen to end the current session during the second week of September, before reopening it on October 14.

Johnson said the reason is that he wants to present a new legislative agenda to the country in a queen’s speech. He reassured MPs that parliament will still have “ample time” to debate Brexit.

However, critics argued the move is an attempt to hinder MPs trying to block a no-deal Brexit.

Former Chancellor Philip Hammond, who has vowed to block a no-deal Brexit, said on Twitter: “It would be a constitutional outrage if Parliament were prevented from holding the government to account at a time of national crisis. Profoundly undemocratic.”

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, who has been vocal in defending the independence and rights of parliament, also weighed in, calling the move a "constitutional outrage."

Boris Johnson announces suspension of UK parliament
 
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In the story it was stated Johnson has asked the Queen to suspend Parliament.

So who has the power to do this? The Queen or Johnson?
 
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In the story it was stated Johnson has asked the Queen to suspend Parliament.

So who has the power to do this? The Queen or Johnson?
Good question. Dont really know how this works. It seems it would be very unusual for the Queen to step in.
 

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In the story it was stated Johnson has asked the Queen to suspend Parliament.

So who has the power to do this? The Queen or Johnson?
Shutting down Parliament - known as prorogation - happens after the prime minister advises the Queen to do it.

The decision to do it now is highly controversial because opponents say it would stop MPs being able to play their full democratic part in the Brexit process.

A number of high profile figures, including former Prime Minister John Major, have threatened to go to the courts to stop it, and a legal challenge led by the SNP's justice spokeswoman, Joanna Cherry, is already working its way through the Scottish courts.

BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said it was established precedent to prorogue Parliament before a Queen's Speech, albeit generally more briefly, and rarely, if ever, at such a constitutionally charged time.

He said it was "Her Majesty's Government" in name only and it was her role, constitutionally, to take the advice of her ministers, so she would prorogue Parliament if asked to.

While it is not possible to mount a legal challenge to the Queen's exercise of her personal prerogative powers, BBC legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman said a judicial review could be launched into the advice given to her by the prime minister - to determine whether that advice was lawful.
Government asks Queen to suspend Parliament

It's apparently pretty controversial.
 
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In the story it was stated Johnson has asked the Queen to suspend Parliament.

So who has the power to do this? The Queen or Johnson?
This is hard to explain even to people who live in constitutional democracies.

The Queen has no power to do such a thing on her own. She's not political. The PM only has the power to do it with her consent. He can only ask her to do it. Think of her consent is like a constitutional clearance. She would need an extraordinary reason to deny that consent.

It's a safety catch - just in case some day he decides to do something illegal.

Government authority comes from the crown. It's not absolute. It can do it's job but the crown can always say "nope..... Illegal".
 
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This is hard to explain even to people who live in constitutional democracies.

The Queen has no power to do such a thing on her own. She's not political. The PM only has the power to do it with her consent. He can only ask her to do it. Think of her consent is like a constitutional clearance. She would need an extraordinary reason to deny that consent.

It's a safety catch - just in case some day he decides to do something illegal.

Government authority comes from the crown. It's not absolute. It can do it's job but the crown can always say "nope..... Illegal".
What I read was that Boris had asked the Queen to do it. Not that he had.

Waiting on Dangermouse or Leo to tell us.
 
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I see the U.S. isn't the only country engaging in poltical shenanigans. Wow they really opened up a foul can of worms with this Brexit thing. I see if an agreement isn't met by a deadline in late October a lot of farmers and business people will be hurt badly. What idiots not to research something before they vote on it. OTOH we have idiots here that voted for Trump.
 
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This is hard to explain even to people who live in constitutional democracies.

The Queen has no power to do such a thing on her own. She's not political. The PM only has the power to do it with her consent. He can only ask her to do it. Think of her consent is like a constitutional clearance. She would need an extraordinary reason to deny that consent.

It's a safety catch - just in case some day he decides to do something illegal.

Government authority comes from the crown. It's not absolute. It can do it's job but the crown can always say "nope..... Illegal".
Thank you. That is what I read.
 
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I see the U.S. isn't the only country engaging in poltical shenanigans. Wow they really opened up a foul can of worms with this Brexit thing. I see if an agreement isn't met by a deadline in late October a lot of farmers and business people will be hurt badly. What idiots not to research something before they vote on it. OTOH we have idiots here that voted for Trump.
You should hear what the Farmers are saying here. On top of that Trump is giving Oil Companies waivers on ethanol.

'A slap in the face': Trump's ethanol waivers are sparking rebellion in farm country