Parliament will be suspended from the end of today, a spokesman for Boris Johnson has confirmed.
The prime minister’s spokesman said the prorogue will begin at the close of business and last until 14 October. The spokesman also said that while the government would obey the law, Mr Johnson would not be requesting another extension of the Article 50 EU withdrawal process.
The Benn Bill – to block the UK leaving the EU with no-deal on 31 October – is due to be given Royal Assent today. It would extend the Brexit deadline until 31 January 2020 if no deal is agreed with the EU by 19 October.
This morning, Mr Johnson met with Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar where he said he hoped an agreement could be reached in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit.
But Mr Johnson’s spokesman added: ‘The Prime Minister is not going to seek an extension. ‘If MPs want to resolve this there is an easy way – vote for an election today and let the public decide.’
In response, Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts told opposition leaders they must be ready to impeach the PM if he refuses to ask for a delay.
After a meeting with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and others, she said: ‘I am glad that as opposition parties, we are united in our belief that Boris Johnson’s attempt to undermine the rule of law must be stopped.
‘If the Prime Minister refuses to seek an extension to the period under Article 50, he will have broken the law – plain and simple – and he must be subject to legal repercussions.
‘I told other opposition parties this morning that if he does break the law, we should be ready to impeach Boris Johnson – a procedure that he himself supported in 2004 when current Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price sought to impeach Tony Blair for lying.’ Jeremy Corbyn held a meeting with opposition MPs this morning where they agreed not to back the PM’s bid for a general election
The PM is expected to return to London after his meeting in Dublin to make another attempt to force a general election on 15 October by asking MPs to support a motion tabled under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. He failed in his bid to call a snap election last week as opposition parties said they wanted to ensure that no-deal is definitely off the table before they go to the country for a vote.
Today, opposition leaders once again agreed not to back Mr Johnson’s bid to secure an election, Labour said. A party spokeswoman added: ‘Jeremy Corbyn hosted a meeting with opposition party leaders this morning.
They agreed to work together today to hold the Government to account in Parliament. ‘All leaders agreed that they would not support Boris Johnson’s ploy to deny the people their decision by crashing us out of the EU with no deal during a general election campaign.’ Lib Dem spokesman Tom Brake confirmed the decision and said:
‘We were absolutely rock solid on rejecting out-of-hand Boris Johnson’s attempt to cut and run with a general election.
‘There’s absolutely no way we will let him do that before he’s secured an extension.
‘We’ve put in place all of the counter-measures that we think might be necessary depending on what tricks and subterfuge that Boris Johnson may still have to hand or seek to deploy.’
Boris Johnson lost a series of crunch votes on Brexit in his first week in the Commons, A report today from economists at accounting firm KPMG predicts that the UK will enter its first recession in a decade if we leave the EU without a deal.
They said the economy would shrink in every quarter of next year, with GPD contracting by 1.5 per cent in 2020. It comes after a number of high profile Tory resignations or sackings over Mr Johnson’s no-deal planning. Former minister Amber Rudd sensationally quit the cabinet at the weekend, accusing the PM of spending 90 per cent of his time preparing to crash out of the bloc with no deal. She said she had no choice but to join the 21 rebel MPs who lost the party whip by voting against Mr Johnson on the Benn Bill. Despite MPs calling for a Brexit delay to block a no-deal scenario, France yesterday said the EU would not grant the UK an extension to article 50 under the current conditions.
Source – metro.co.uk