MPs clash on decision to suspend parliament, with Jonathan Djanogly calling it a “big mistake”

Jonathan Djanogly and Shailesh Vara. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Jonathan Djanogly and Shailesh Vara. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

The prime minister’s decision to suspend parliament prompted an angry backlash from Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly, who called it a “big mistake”.

Mr Djanogly said the move by Boris Johnson to prorogue parliament, which, some have argued, would prevent MPs from blocking a no-deal Brexit, was "morally wrong".

The Government has said the five-week suspension in September and October will still allow time to debate Brexit.

But Mr Djanogly said: "[The] legalities of shutting down parliament apart, no deal has no democratic backing so stopping debate on the issue is morally wrong in my book.

"Even if you support a no-deal Brexit, surely you would want Government no deal preperations to be scrutinised. For instance, my own Brexit select committee will not be allowed to sit to question ministers on the adequacy of Project Yellowhammer. This is a big mistake."

However, the MP for North West Cambridgeshire, Shailesh Vara, has said the decision is "perfectly constitutional" and will ensure the Government "will deliver" Brexit.

Mr Vara said: "Boris Johnson's prorogation of parliament is perfectly constitutional and ensures the Government delivers on the mandate from 17.4 million people in the biggest exercise of democracy in the UK's history. We then move on to other vital issues such as the NHS, education, jobs."

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Last week, the Queen approved the request by Mr Johnson to suspend parliament just weeks before the Brexit deadline on October 31.

The extended suspension comes just a week after MPs return from their summer recess and is intended for the Government to hold a Queen's speech on October 14. This means parliament will not sit for the most of September and the first two weeks of October.

It is argued that MPs are unlikely to have time to pass any laws that could stop the prime minister taking the UK out of the EU without a deal on October 31.

The prime minister says he wants to leave the EU at the end of October with a deal, but is willing to leave without one rather than miss the deadline.