Boris Johnson to again request Parliament suspended

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will again request the Queen suspend Parliament.

Late in September, in one of the most significant constitutional law verdicts in British history, the United Kingdom's Supreme Court ruled a previous prorogation of Parliament was unlawful.

The court found that Johnson's request to the Queen to prorogue Parliament was illegal as it prevented the ability of Parliament to carry out its "constitutional functions without reasonable justification".

Members of Parliament were then told to return to the House of Commons and get on with business, but as announced on Thursday, Johnson will ask for Parliament be suspended once again.

However, unlike the previous unlawful prorogation, which was set to last five weeks and occurred in the middle of a pivotal time of Brexit debate for politicians, Johnson only wants a three-working-day suspension next week on October 8. 

The suspension is required in order to allow for a Queen's Speech on October 14. That was scheduled to happen at the end of the previous prorogation. Johnson had argued he called for the prorogation in order to have a Queen's Speech, which resets the Government's legislative agenda.

But in its decision, the Supreme Court ruled that only four to six suspended Parliamentary days were necessary to make preparations for a Queen's Speech.

The decision to request prorogation comes as Johnson laid out its Brexit plan, proposing to create an all-island regulatory zone in Ireland to cover all goods and a commitment to avoid border checks or physical infrastructure.

The European Commission will now look over the proposed plan, but has already signalled there are some "problematic points".


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