UK PM set to suspend parliament from Oct 8 14: Downing St

LONDON British Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to ask for parliament to be suspended from October 8 to 14 his Downing Street office said Wednesday after a previous attempt was ruled unlawful.

These timings would mean parliament is prorogued for the shortest time possible to enable all the necessary logistical preparations for Queen Elizabeth II to outline the governments new legislative programme it said in a statement.

Johnson previously advised the monarch to suspend or prorogue parliament from September 10 to October 14.

Pro European lawmakers were outraged and saw the move as an attempt to stifle democratic debate on Britains pending departure from the European Union on October 31.

Following legal challenges in England and Scotland the Supreme Court judged Johnsons advice to the monarch was unlawful and deemed the lengthy prorogation frustrated parliaments constitutional functions. Britains highest court quashed the prorogation and parliament resumed on September 25.

The move would mean parliament is suspended after the close of business on Tuesday and then miss just two sitting days on October 9 and 10.

Johnson who took office in July needs a new suspension if he is to outline his legislative programme for the next session of parliament.

I want to deliver on the peoples priorities he said.

Through a Queens Speech the government will set out its plans for the NHS (National Health Service) schools tackling crime investing in infrastructure and building a strong economy.

We will get Brexit done on October 31 and continue delivering on these vital issues.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)