The Queen will be asked by the Government to suspend Parliament just days after MPs return to work. With only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline, the idea of shutting down Parliament has caused controversy, with critics saying it would stop MPs being able to play their democratic part in the Brexit process. Proroguing Parliament means MPs are unlikely to have time to pass any laws that could stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson of taking the UK out of the EU without a deal on October 31.
Tuesday, September 3 – Parliament returns
The Commons Chamber will next sit on Tuesday, September 3 at 2.30pm.
The House of Commons adjourned on Thursday July 25 for summer recess.
Wednesday, September 4 – Sajid Javid gives his spending review
Chancellor Sajid Javid has promised increased spending on priority areas of schools, police and health.
The September 4 date for the 12-month spending round is earlier than previously planned.
The announcement of the date for the spending review came after the government cancelled what would have been Mr Javid’s first major speech on Wednesday.
Mid-September – Parliament is prorogued
The Queen will be asked by the government to suspend Parliament just days after MPs return to work in September.
A Downing Street source said: “It’s time a new government and new PM set out a plan for the country after we leave the EU.”
During prorogation, all Parliament business is closed and any remaining bills or motions are either killed or carried over to the next session.
October 14 – Queen Speech as Parliament reopens
According to reports, the Prime Minister will seek an extended suspension of Parliament ahead of a Queen’s Speech on October 14.
The BBC reports a plan to hold the Queen’s Speech on October 14, will be confirmed by the Privy Council at Balmoral today.
October 31 – Brexit day
Britain is due to leave the European Union on October 31, “with or without a deal”, according to Mr Johnson.