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Prorogation explained: why time is now even tighter for MPs seeking to prevent a no-deal Brexit

The government’s highly controversial move to suspend parliament has narrowed the options for rebel MPs

By Hannah White  

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Today’s announcement that the Queen has agreed to the government’s request to prorogue parliament, during the second week of its September sitting until the middle of October, signals Boris Johnson’s determination to prevent MPs meddling in its Brexit plans.

The significance of prorogation is twofold. First, it has taken the decision about whether to sit in September and October out of MPs’ hands. There had been indications that the government might not have won the normal Commons vote on the dates of a “conference recess” usually held over…

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