Prime Minister Boris Johnson will suspend Britain’s Parliament for more than a month before BREXIT, enraging opponents and raising the stakes in the nation’s most serious political event in decades.
Cheered President Trump, Mr. Johnson launched the move to take the country out of the EU by 31 October with or without an exit deal, by setting a new date for a state opening of Parliament.
Known as the Queen’s Speech, the formal event will be held on 14 October and be preceded by a suspension of the House of Commons, meaning parliament will not sit between mid-September and mid-October.
The move, approved by Queen Elizabeth, limits the time opponents have to derail a disorderly BREXIT, but also increases the chance that Mr. Johnson could face a vote of no-confidence in his government, and possibly an election.
PM Johnson’s gamble was welcomed by the Brexiteers, including President Trump, an early backer of Britain’s departure from the EU, who said “Boris is exactly what the U.K. has been looking for, & will prove to be ‘a great one!’ Love U.K.”
A spokeswoman for the European Commission, when asked about the British suspension of parliament, said it was a matter for the UK to answer.