Global  

'Constitutional outrage': British PM to suspend parliament before Brexit

Video Credit: Reuters Studio - Duration: 02:12s - Published
'Constitutional outrage': British PM to suspend parliament before Brexit

'Constitutional outrage': British PM to suspend parliament before Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called a Queen's Speech in mid-October, a move that will see parliament suspended for a month - limiting lawmakers' time to block a no-deal Brexit.

David Doyle reports.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to will suspend parliament just weeks before the UK is due to leave the European Union in a move that's triggered outrage and sent the pound sharply down.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FIRST MINISTER OF SCOTLAND, NICOLA STURGEON, SAYING: "If MPs don't come together next week to stop Boris Johnson in his tracks, then I think today will go down in history as the day UK democracy died." That was Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

What Johnson's done is call a Queen's Speech for October 14.

That's a formal procedure used by the government to lay out its legislative agenda for the year ahead, and what it involves is effectively shutting parliament from mid-September for about a month.

The Queen has approved the request.

It's not unusual, per say, for a prime minister to call a Queen's Speech - except for the fact that the UK is weeks away from the October 31 deadline, when Johnson says he will take Britain out of the European Union, without a divorce deal if necessary.

Business groups fear that will cause widespread economic disruption.

His opponents say Johnson is trying to undemocratically block them for preventing a no-deal Brexit.

But he claims its not about Brexit.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "We need to get on with our domestic agenda and that's why we're announcing a Queen's speech for October 14." But across the political spectrum the announcement has been met with fury.

"Profoundly undemocratic", was how Philip Hammond, a member of Johnson's Conservative Party and former finance minister described it while this guy, parliament's speaker John Bercow, called it a "constitutional outrage." Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Johnson of a "smash and grab on our democracy".

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LEADER OF BRITAIN'S LABOUR OPPOSITION PARTY, JEREMY CORBYN, SAYING: "The first thing we'll do is attempt legislation to prevent what he's doing.

And secondly we'll challenge him on a motion of confidence at some point." The pound tumbled to its lowest level in nearly a week on the news while Brexit-sensitive stocks, such as airlines and housebuilders, took a hammering.

Sterling has lost 4.3% of its value against the dollar this year.




You Might Like


💡 One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Boris Johnson Boris Johnson Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Covid 19 coronavirus: Restrictions to tighten in UK as second wave strikes

Boris Johnson is preparing to replace the "rule of six" with tougher restrictions on daily life as he warned that Britain is in the grip of a second wave of..
New Zealand Herald
Johnson says second wave of coronavirus ‘inevitable’ in the UK [Video]

Johnson says second wave of coronavirus ‘inevitable’ in the UK

Boris Johnson is warning that a second wave of coronavirus has arrived in theUK, as scientists reported the “widespread growth” of the virus across thecountry.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 01:18Published

UK 'now seeing a second wave' of Covid-19

Boris Johnson says he doesn't want another lockdown - but national measures may need to be tightened.
BBC News
Boris Johnson visits vaccine research lab [Video]

Boris Johnson visits vaccine research lab

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has visited a laboratory at the Jenner Institute in Oxford which is leading the research into a vaccine for Covid-19. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Credit: ODN    Duration: 03:31Published

Some UK bars to close early amid rising COVID-19 infections

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Thursday that authorities will have to impose tougher measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 and..
WorldNews

Brexit Brexit The United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union

Support from US and EU signals stunning successes for Irish diplomacy

They sound such an unlikely duo. Joe Biden's easy American drawl and Ursula von der Leyen's accented English are of different worlds. But they spoke in harmony..
WorldNews

Amal Clooney quits as special envoy for UK over law-breaking Brexit plan

Amal Clooney said the government’s plan to violate international law was ‘lamentable’ Amal Clooney has resigned as a special envoy for the UK over the..
WorldNews

Brexit: Amal Clooney quits government envoy role over law break plan

The human rights lawyer says she is "dismayed" by the UK being prepared to break international law.
BBC News

From Nukes to Northern Ireland: Breaking International Law is as English as Afternoon Tea

Referring to a major piece of Brexit legislation, British media and punditry issued burning condemnation of the ruling Tory government’s Internal Market Bill,..
WorldNews
Brexit briefing: 104 days until the end of the transition period [Video]

Brexit briefing: 104 days until the end of the transition period

The UK left the European Union on January 31. Here we look at the latestfigures and key dates in the ongoing Brexit process.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 00:53Published

Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon First Minister of Scotland, Leader of the Scottish National Party

Nicola Sturgeon warns ‘hard decisions’ on restrictions may be needed within days [Video]

Nicola Sturgeon warns ‘hard decisions’ on restrictions may be needed within days

Nicola Sturgeon has warned “hard but necessary” decisions may be needed in thecoming days to prevent another national lockdown. The First Minister saidcoronavirus “could get out of our grip again” as Scotland faces the risk of“exponential growth” of Covid-19.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 00:55Published
Scots urged to act now to prevent rise in coronavirus deaths [Video]

Scots urged to act now to prevent rise in coronavirus deaths

Action is needed now to prevent a rise in coronavirus deaths in the comingweeks, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The First Minister spoke as one Covid-19death was recorded in Scotland over the last 24 hours, bringing the totalnumber of fatalities to 2,501.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 01:24Published
Sturgeon raises concerns with Matt Hancock over Covid-19 testing backlog [Video]

Sturgeon raises concerns with Matt Hancock over Covid-19 testing backlog

Nicola Sturgeon has held what she described as “constructive” talks with UKHealth Secretary Matt Hancock about how to resolve a delay in coronavirustesting results. Problems are centred on the UK Government’s Lighthouse Labnetwork – which includes a facility in Glasgow – and the First Minister said“too many” tests for the virus are not being processed quickly enough. Withtesting of care home staff going through these labs – and amid suggestionssome workers are waiting between five and seven days for results – Ms Sturgeonrevealed consideration is being given to the NHS handling of these.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 01:13Published
First Minister raises concern at backlog of test results for Covid-19 [Video]

First Minister raises concern at backlog of test results for Covid-19

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she has “serious concern”with the “backlog of test results” for Covid-19. Speaking at the ScottishGovernment’s coronavirus briefing, she said she had raised her fears with theUK Government.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 01:28Published
Nicola Sturgeon limits gatherings to six amid ‘battle to control Covid-19' [Video]

Nicola Sturgeon limits gatherings to six amid ‘battle to control Covid-19'

Nicola Sturgeon has told Scots they can now only meet in groups of six orunder, as she conceded the country still faces “a battle to get and keep Covidunder control”.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 00:43Published

European Union European Union Economic and political union of European states

Corona-mafia? Organised crime setting sights on EU Recovery Fund, experts warn [Video]

Corona-mafia? Organised crime setting sights on EU Recovery Fund, experts warn

Davide Del Monte urges to keep 'the eyes open' as Italy is set to get the largest share of the €750 billion EU Recovery Fund. #Coronavirus #Recovery FundView on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)    Duration: 03:12Published

Belarus Opposition Leader To Address UN Rights Body

Belarus opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya will address the UN Human Rights Council by video on September 18 during an urgent debate called by the..
WorldNews

Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Former Leader of the Labour Party, MP for Islington North

Labour leader criticises Prime Minister over IRA comment [Video]

Labour leader criticises Prime Minister over IRA comment

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer criticised the Prime Minister over commentsrelating to the party's former leader Jeremy Corbyn and his alleged"condoning" of the IRA.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 01:50Published
Labour under Starmer is politically competitive again, says Blair [Video]

Labour under Starmer is politically competitive again, says Blair

Sir Keir Starmer has returned Labour to being a “politically competitive”party which is in a position to win a general election, Tony Blair says. Theformer Labour leader and prime minister praised his successor’s performance inthe three months since he won the contest to replace Jeremy Corbyn.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 00:47Published
Labour agrees to pay ‘substantial damages’ to Panorama whistleblowers [Video]

Labour agrees to pay ‘substantial damages’ to Panorama whistleblowers

Labour will pay “substantial damages” to whistleblowers who contributed to a TV expose of its handling of anti-Semitism as Sir Keir Starmer continues efforts to distance the party from his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 00:48Published

Member of parliament Representative of the voters to a parliament

Avoid making allegations without facts, everyone equal for me: Lok Sabha Speaker to MPs

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Friday urged members of Parliament to avoid making allegations without facts and said that everyone in House is equal for him.
IndiaTimes

Rajya Sabha passes bills for reduction of MPs, ministers' salaries, opposition demands restoration of MPLAD

Parliament on Friday passed a bill to reduce for one year the salaries of MPs by 30 per cent "to meet the exigencies arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic"...
IndiaTimes

Bills to reduce salary, allowances of MPs, ministers by 30 per cent passed in Rajya Sabha

Earlier, Union Ministers G Kishan Reddy and Pralhad Joshi had moved the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the Salary, Allowances..
IndiaTimes

Bills to reduce salary, allowances of MPs, Ministers by 30 per cent moved in Rajya Sabha

Union ministers G Kishan Reddy and Pralhad Joshi moved the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the Salary, Allowances and Pension of..
IndiaTimes
Rajya Sabha Chairman, MPs pay tribute to Ashok Gasti [Video]

Rajya Sabha Chairman, MPs pay tribute to Ashok Gasti

The Member of Parliaments (MPs) paid tribute to Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Gasti on September 18. He passed away on September 17 due to coronavirus. Addressing in Rajya Sabha, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said, "I refer with profound sorrow to the passing away of Ashok Gasti, who was a sitting member of this House from Karnataka. The country has lost an able parliamentarian."

Credit: ANI    Duration: 03:13Published

Scotland Scotland Country in Northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

What Did Microsoft Retrieve From 117 Feet Deep In The Sea? [Video]

What Did Microsoft Retrieve From 117 Feet Deep In The Sea?

This is the scene as Microsoft retrieved. The project Natick Northern Isles datacenter from the seafloor off Scotland’s Orkney Islands. The center had been lowered 117 feet deep in spring 2018. For the next two years team members tested and monitored the datacenter’s servers. When marine specialists reeled up the shipping-container-size center it was coated in algae, barnacles and sea anemones. Cleaning it revealed the familiar Microsoft logo. The retrieval launched the final phase of a years-long effort that proved the concept of underwater datacenters is feasible.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO    Duration: 01:11Published
Sir Keir Starmer makes first in-person visit to Scotland [Video]

Sir Keir Starmer makes first in-person visit to Scotland

Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer has made his first in-person visit to Scotland, visiting the University of Edinburgh's Queen's Medical Research Institute. Mr Starmer made the journey after spending days in isolation awaiting Covid-19 test results for one of his children, which came back negative yesterday. Report by Connerv. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Credit: ODN    Duration: 02:25Published
Spitfire takes to the skies with thank-you message for NHS [Video]

Spitfire takes to the skies with thank-you message for NHS

A Spitfire has taken to the skies bearing a special message thanking the NHSfor its efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. Emblazoned with the wordsTHANK U NHS, the aircraft took off from Cumbernauld Airport in NorthLanarkshire on Thursday morning to fly over hospitals around Scotland.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 01:08Published

Related news from verified sources

Unhinged Before The Fall: Boris Johnson, Parliament And Brexit – OpEd

The Brexit no deal prospect is engendering an element of lunacy fast seeping into every pore of the...
Eurasia Review - Published


Tweets about this


Related videos from verified sources

Boris Johnson has Queen put parliament in time out [Video]

Boris Johnson has Queen put parliament in time out

LONDON — Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson threw down the gauntlet this week on Brexit by setting in motion the suspension of the UK parliament. Parliament is going to be put in time out..

Credit: TomoNews US     Duration: 01:33Published
UK government defiant over pre-Brexit suspension [Video]

UK government defiant over pre-Brexit suspension

The British government insists there's still plenty of time for debate after Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament for more than a month ahead of Brexit. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:07Published
Parliament suspension is not Brexit 'trick': Gove [Video]

Parliament suspension is not Brexit 'trick': Gove

An ally of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Cabinet office minister Michael Gove, has denied that the plan to suspend parliament for more than a month before Brexit is a way of stopping debate..

Credit: Rumble     Duration: 00:45Published