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Could a new prime minister prorogue parliament to deliver a no-deal Brexit?

The extreme measure would be profoundly undemocratic but has been floated by Conservative leadership candidates

By Sionaidh Douglas-Scott  

Conservative leadership hopeful Dominic Raab. Photo: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire/PA Images

Given the current parliamentary opposition to a no-deal Brexit, some have argued that the government should prorogue parliament (ie suspend it) for a short period, so MPs could not prevent a 31st October exit. Indeed Tory leadership candidate Dominic Raab recently stated that he was ready to prorogue parliament, while fellow candidate Esther McVey argued that prorogation was part of her possible “toolkit.” At first sight this seems undemocratic in the extreme. But could it actually happen? The short answer is: it’s complicated.


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