July 18, 2019 / 6:33 AM / a month ago

Outrageous to suspend parliament in October over no-deal Brexit - minister

Britain's Secretary of State for Justice David Gauke speaks to the media outside the Cabinet Office as talks over Brexit continue, in London, Britain April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - It would be outrageous for parliament to be suspended in October ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit, a possible tactic by Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to succeed Theresa May as Prime Minister, Britain’s justice minister said on Thursday.

Sky News reported on Tuesday that Johnson is considering holding the Queen’s Speech, in which the prime minister lays out his policy programme, in November.

That means lawmakers would be sent home two weeks earlier, hindering their ability to stop Britain leaving the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31.

“The idea that parliament should be suspended in October... at a crucial point in this country’s history that parliament should not be able to sit, should not be able to express its opinion and its will, I think would be outrageous,” Justice Secretary David Gauke told the BBC.

Johnson refused to comment on the report when asked on Wednesday.

Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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