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UK PM Johnson seeks legal advice on five-week parliament closure

  • Published at 07:09 pm August 25th, 2019
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson lands at the Biarritz Pays Basque Airport in Biarritz, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the first day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States AFP

The legal guidance given in the email is that shutting parliament may well be possible, unless the courts agree to demands by anti-Brexit campaigners to block such a move

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked his attorney general whether parliament can be shut down for five weeks from September 9 in what appears to be an attempt to stop lawmakers forcing a further extension to Brexit, The Observer reported.

An email from senior government advisers to an adviser in Johnson’s office written in the last ten days says the prime minister recently requested guidance on the legality of such a move, known as proroguing, the newspaper said.

The legal guidance given in the email is that shutting parliament may well be possible, unless the courts agree to demands by anti-Brexit campaigners to block such a move, the Observer reported.

“The claim that the government is considering proroguing parliament in September in order to stop MPs debating Brexit is entirely false,” a government spokesman said.