LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Boris Johnson leaves his grace-and-favour residence in Carlton Gardens near Buckingham Palace on July 18, 2018 in London, England. The Former Foreign Secretary is expected to make his first speech today after resigning from government 9 days ago. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked his attorney general whether parliament can be shut down for five weeks from 9 September 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.
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