Brexit: John Bercow rejects ending Commons session to force no deal – The BBC

  • The Speaker of the House, John Bercow, says ending the current session of Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit is “simply not going to happen”.
  • Tory leadership candidate Dominic Raab has suggested he would be prepared to shut down Parliament to ensure the UK leaves the EU on 31 October.
  • Labour’s Chris Bryant said it would be on “a Venezuelan scale of outrage” to carry it out “simply to force through a no-deal Brexit against the will of Parliament”.
  • Mr Wishart asked the Leader of the House to confirm that he had “no intention of suspending democracy in this country to facilitate that no-deal Brexit”.
  • Mr Stride said prorogation was “ultimately in the gift of the Queen”, adding: “What I would say is, that I do think Her Majesty should be kept out of the politics of our Parliament.
  • “I’m sure that will be a matter that will be at the forefront of those who toy with those decisions in the future.”
  • Mr Bercow said it was not going to happen and his conclusion was “so blindingly obvious it almost doesn’t need to be stated”.

Can Parliament stop a no-deal Brexit? The BBC

  • Even though most MPs oppose a no-deal strategy, some argue the next government could go ahead without the consent of Parliament.
  • A row broke out on Wednesday after Conservative leadership candidate Dominic Raab said he would be prepared to prorogue Parliament to make sure the UK leaves the EU on 31 October.
  • If a new prime minister is concerned about MPs blocking the UK’s exit from the EU, they could advise the Queen to prorogue Parliament, therefore sending MPs away so that they can’t do anything to scupper Brexit.
  • It would be unprecedented in modern times to use this power for political reasons, rather than to end a session in preparation for a new Queen’s Speech.

No 10 rules out starting Commons summer recess before new PM takes office – The Guardian

  • Downing Street has said the new prime minister will get to face MPs before they leave for their summer recess, squashing speculation that the parliamentary holiday could start early to minimise the risk of Theresa May’s successor facing an immediate no confidence vote.