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'It's Done': Plan to Suspend Parliament Gets Queen's OK - Page 2

It's seen as a move that will pave a path for a no-deal Brexit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 28, 2019 5:58 AM CDT
Updated Aug 28, 2019 9:18 AM CDT

  • On the prior two occasions where Parliament was suspended for a Queen's Speech (one that did not follow a general election), Parliament was closed for periods of four and 13 working days; in this case, it would be closed for 23 working days.
  • Lawmakers are reacting with fury. Opposition Labour Party lawmaker Ben Bradshaw called the move "a coup, plain and simple, against our parliamentary democracy" that would "drag the monarch into an unprecedented constitutional crisis."
  • Scottish Parliament leader Nicola Sturgeon tweeted, "Unless MPs come together to stop him next week, today will go down in history as a dark one indeed for UK democracy." CNN notes Johnson has a parliamentary majority of one, making it entirely possible that he could lose a no-confidence vote.
  • NBC News quotes the Institute for Government think tank as saying that "asking the queen to give effect to this strategy would draw her into a massive political debate—something which Number 10 and the Palace are normally at great pains to avoid."
  • The British currency has fallen sharply on these reports, with the pound falling to $1.2187 on Wednesday from about $1.2300 the day before, a sign that investors are alarmed by the prospect of Britain falling out of the European Union on Oct. 31 without a divorce deal.
  • A so-called no-deal Brexit would see the return of border checks and tariffs on trade between Britain and the rest of the EU, its greatest trading partner.
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