U.K. parliament will formally reopen on October 14, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this highly- a controversial move that would restrict parliamentary time before the Brexit deadline.
Johnson’s move could increase the chances of the U.K. leaving the EU with no deal.
UK Prime Minister confirmed in a speech that parliament would be suspended days after Members of Parliament (MPs) return from their summer recess.
The U.K. queen approved Johnson’s plans later on Wednesday afternoon.
On the other hand, opposition parties are trying to unite to create a law to block Johnson from forcing a no-deal Brexit.
However, Johnson said Wednesday that lawmakers will still have ample time to debate Brexit and it was untrue that he was trying to sideline parliament on the issue.
A U.K. withdrawal with no deal has faced widespread opposition in the House of Commons and is seen as potentially damaging to Britain’s economy, according to several projections.
“I am appalled at the recklessness of Johnson’s government, which talks about sovereignty and yet is seeking to suspend parliament to avoid scrutiny of its plans for a reckless No Deal Brexit. This is an outrage and a threat to our democracy,” Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour party, said in a statement.
After Johnson’s announcement, the pound fell by 1% to below the $1.22 mark on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. London time, but slightly pared losses to trade 0.6% down at $1.2211 by late morning.