NEW DELHI: British Queen Elizabeth Wednesday approved the suspension of the Parliament till October 14, following the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s intention to facilitate Brexit plan.
The Queen, however, agreed despite resistance from the Opposition, and the Parliament will now shut down for a month from mid-September.
The Parliament would be suspended on a day between September 9 and September 12, until October 14, according to a statement issued on Wednesday.
The move is aimed to stop Parliament’s ability to derail Johnson’s Brexit plan by shortening the time ahead of the EU exit day on October 31.
“There will be ample time in Parliament for members to debate the EU, to debate Brexit and all the other issues,” Johnson Wednesday told reporters.
The Opposition leaders expressed their concern to the 93-year old Queen Elizabeth.
“Whatever one’s views on Brexit, once you allow a Prime Minister to prevent the full and free operation of our democratic institutions you are on a very precarious path.” John McDonnell of the Labour Party said, adding that it was a British coup.
In June 2016, 52% voted the United Kingdom to quit the European Union (EU). The UK and the EU agreed to a deal in November 2018 but Parliamentarians rejected.
Johnson wanted the UK to leave the EU on October 31, even if there would be no deal.
Meanwhile, the US President Donald Trump tweeted: “Would be very hard for Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, to seek a no-confidence vote against New Prime Minister Boris Johnson, especially in light of the fact that Boris is exactly what the UK has been looking for, & will prove to be “a great one!” Love UK.”