The Government have used their prerogative powers to announce that Parliament will be suspended from today, so allowing the Prime Minister to escape scrutiny at another session of Prime Minister’s Questions and also to evade a session of the Liaison Committee, where he would have faced detailed questioning from the chairs of parliamentary select committees.
Issues that could have been raised included:
- The behaviour of Dominic Cummings, including his sacking of a special adviser without any proper hearing or appeal.
- The decision to reduce the Cabinet Office Brexit negotiating team to just four while telling ministers and everyone else his priority was to negotiate a deal.
- The extensive briefing that the Prime Minister intends to defy the democratic will of Parliament over asking for an extension to the Brexit deadline.
Commenting, Hilary Benn MP, chair of the Commons Brexit Committee and member of the Liaison Committee, said:
“It is extraordinary that Boris Johnson will shut down Parliament this evening for over a month at the very moment when we need our elected MPs to be in the House of Commons holding the Government to account. It also means that the Prime Minister will avoid having to face questions from the Liaison Committee on Wednesday. I don’t think he was relishing the prospect.”