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A Parliament on Pause? A Brexit Update

September 3, 2019

Last week, new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson advised Her Majesty the Queen to prorogue the Parliament of the United Kingdom. This has brought to an end the longest parliamentary session (sitting of the same Parliament) since the English Civil War. Parliament will reconvene in a few weeks, towards the middle of October with the State Opening of Parliament and Speech from the Throne outlining Prime Minister Johnson’s goals.

With Parliament prorogued, debate on a deal for the United Kingdom leaving the European Union cannot happen as the House of Commons and House of Lords are not meeting. This means the chances of a no-deal are far greater. The deadline for Brexit remains October 31, with the date for the State Opening of Parliament and Queen’s Speech October 14.