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Queen Elizabeth II To Suspend Parliament Amid Brexit Crisis

Queen Elizabeth II will prorogue Parliament at the request of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The move comes amid concerns in Parliament over the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a deal, set to occur Oct. 31.

Johnson requested suspension of the parliamentary session for five weeks, until Oct. 14, the longest such dissolution since 1945, according to the Guardian.

Opponents of Brexit have denounced the move as a ploy to thwart debate against a so-called “no-deal Brexit,” in which the U.K. would leave the EU and trade under rules established by the World Trade Organization. With only two weeks between Parliament’s return and the deadline for the U.K.’s departure from the bloc, pro-remain leaders fear they will not be able to stop such a scenario.

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow called the move a “constitutional outrage,” HuffPost reported.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the U.K.’s opposition Labour Party has reportedly asked to meet with the queen to address the issue, the Mirror reported. Corbyn dubbed the move a “smash-and-grab on our democracy.”


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