LONDON — The U.K. parliament will be suspended at close of business on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said.
Johnson last month secured an order from the queen to suspend parliament for a month until October 14. He was accused of using the procedural device of ‘prorogation’ for political purposes to curtail MPs’ ability to scrutinise the government’s Brexit plans.
The prime minister’s official spokesman confirmed at a daily briefing on Monday morning that the suspension, which under the queen’s order can begin between Monday and Thursday, would commence on Monday night.
Before parliament prorogues, the government will hold a vote on whether to hold an early general election. However, opposition MPs have said they will not back the plan, meaning the two-thirds majority required for it to pass will not be met.
After Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament, MPs acted quickly last week to legislate for a delay to Brexit, beyond the current date of October 31, if no agreement is in place by October 19. That legislation is expected to become law on Monday before parliament is suspended.