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Britain’s Queen clears request to suspend Parliament ahead of Brexit deadline

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday unveiled plans to suspend Parliament until October 14, days ahead of the October 31 Brexit deadline, in order to present what was described as a “new bold and ambitious legislative agenda”.

The move has attracted widespread criticism from the Opposition.

Downing Street said Johnson had spoken to Queen Elizabeth II to request an end to the current parliamentary session next month, starting September 9.  The request was approved.

Crucial voting on Brexit legislation is likely to fall on October 21 and 22.

The UK government move comes a day after the Opposition parties had been able to agree on a strategy of using legislative means to work together to prevent Johnson leaving the EU without any agreement in place by the October 31 Brexit deadline.

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