No 10 Downing Street has just confirmed that the government will seek another prorogation of parliament next Tuesday ahead of a new Queen’s Speech on October 14.
The statement in full:
“The Prime Minister has been consistently clear that he wants to set out a fresh legislative programme in a Queen’s Speech. He therefore intends to request that the current session of Parliament be prorogued from the evening of Tuesday 8 October, with a Queen’s Speech on Monday 14 October.
The Government will seek to strengthen public services, improve infrastructure and connectivity across the country, tackle crime and enhance the integrity of the criminal justice system, while protecting our natural environment for the long-term.
The Prime Minister has today set out a fair and reasonable compromise for replacing the backstop and securing the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union with a deal. If a deal can be agreed at European Council, a central feature of the legislative programme will be to introduce a Withdrawal Agreement Bill and move at pace to secure its passage before 31 October.
These timings would mean Parliament is prorogued for the shortest time possible to enable all the necessary logistical preparations for a State Opening to be undertaken, including those done by the House Authorities.”
Boris Johnson said:
I want to deliver on the people’s priorities.
Through a Queen’s Speech, the government will set out its plans for the NHS, schools, tackling crime, investing in infrastructure and building a strong economy.
We will get Brexit done on 31 October and continue delivering on these vital issues.
The PM is expected to ask the monarch to prorogue on Tuesday to pave the way for a new legislative programme.
A Queen’s Speech will then take place on October 14 – just three days before a crucial EU summit.
The step comes just a week after the Supreme Court dramatically ruled that the PM had given illegal advice to the monarch by asking for a five-week prorogation in the run-up to Brexit.
Parliament was brought back last Wednesday after the judges voided the Royal Proclamation.
Downing Street said: ‘The Prime Minister has been consistently clear that he wants to set out a fresh legislative programme in a Queen’s Speech.
‘He therefore intends to request that the current session of Parliament be prorogued from the evening of Tuesday October 8, with a Queen’s Speech on Monday October 14.’