Updated: Queen approves Boris Johnson’s request to suspend parliament

Boris Johnson - Facebook

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

In an unprecedented move, which observers claim to be targetted at hamstringing Remainers, PM Boris Johnson has prevailed on the Queen to prorogue parliament for a month. This will, effectively, thwart all efforts by the opposition to filibuster the Brexit deal. This move comes at the same time when both 10 Downing Street and Brussels seem to be making noises of rapprochement over a Brexit deal.

The Queen following the advice of her PM, approved the prorogation of parliament from the second week in September until 14 October. Earlier Wednesday, Labour and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn requested an audience with the Queen but, it appears, JOhnson had forstalled him and the die was already cast. Commons Speaker John Bercow was reported in the UK media as slating Johnson for eroding the democratic process.

The Queen was asked by the government to suspend Parliament just days after MPs return to work in September, and only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline, BBC had reported.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said it will make way for Boris Johnson’s new administration to hold a Queen’s Speech, laying out the government’s plans on 14th October.

Read: UK departure deal from EU now ‘touch and go’- Johnson

However, it is believed that MPs are unlikely to have time to pass any laws that could stop the Prime Minister from taking the UK out of the EU without a deal on 31st October.

The Prime Minister said he did not want to wait until after Brexit “before getting on with our plans to take this country forward”, and insisted there would still be “ample time” for MPs to debate Brexit.

Read: Muscat and Johnson exchange telephone call; “Malta is fully aligned”

Read: Johnson and Brexit; what are the odds?