Boris Johnson is set to drop a Brexit bombshell today by asking the Queen to shut down parliament until October to try to stop Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to block a no-deal Brexit.
The bold move by the UK Prime Minister will give rebel MPs even less time to launch new plots to stop Britain leaving the European Union (EU) on October 31, according to The Sun.
A new Queen’s Speech will be held on October 14 under the plans, which will mark the start of the new parliamentary session.
That would leave just two weeks for a possible vote of no confidence in Mr Johnson, or for rebel MPs to pass a law to push back the Brexit date.
It would be completely unprecedented for the Queen to ignore the wishes of a sitting PM and refuse to grant his request.
Three Privy Councillors are expected to see her later today in Balmoral, including Commons Leader Jacob Rees Mogg.
MPs are set to come back to parliament after their summer break next Tuesday, September 3. But they are then expected to go off on the traditional three-week conference recess for the final few weeks of September.
Every year parliament breaks up for a period of time in September, and MPs hold their annual party gatherings across the country.
This will now be extended for possibly an extra week into October, giving MPs less time to get their plots sorted in time and block a no-deal.
Last weekend, a Government spokesperson said claims that parliament would be shut down to stop MPs debating Brexit were “entirely false”.
WILL THERE BE A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE?
The news could also mean MPs decide to move against Mr Johnson next week with a vote of no confidence, as they might not have the time to do so in October.
The move puts Mr Corbyn in a very difficult position after he agreed to ditch his plan to storm into Downing Street as a caretaker PM yesterday and push plans for a new law to stop a no-deal Brexit instead.
Team Boris think that even if the Labour leader did push forward with a vote of no confidence, he’s not got the numbers to bring down the Government.
Remainers reacted with fury to the news.
Dominic Grieve said the suspension of parliament was an “outrageous” act and he would vote no confidence in his own administration.
Lord Heseltine told LBC, a London-based national radio station, it was “unbelievable” and “there is no mandate for a no-deal Brexit”.
Mr Johnson has promised to take Britain out of the EU with or without a deal by the end of October, but rebels MPs have vowed to stop him quitting the bloc with a deal if they can.
Mr Johnson said at the weekend that it was now “touch and go” whether Britain would leave the EU without a deal.
He said it was up to the EU whether they would ditch the backstop and give Britain a better deal. If they don’t, we’ll leave without one, he has insisted.
But he was given a 30-day lifeline by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to try to get a solution for the Irish border instead.
This story first appeared on The Sun and is reproduced here with permission.