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Apparently, the UK parliament can send the MPs riding home to their burroughs, and then take up the issue again when they return to London. Of course, the break can be as short as needed, in effect meaning that they can restart just after closing the first session. However, the Queen must still perform the rituals of re-opening. Or at least that's how I understand the invisible constitution.

And I think the takeaway from the date discussion is that both sides agree that the UK will leave before the next parliament. The disagreement is whether this is the election or the seating of the next parliament. I don't think it really matters, because May doesn't have a time table to pass and implement the Withdrawal Agreement, she just wants as much time as possible to browbeat parliament.

by fjallstrom on Thu Mar 21st, 2019 at 07:40:40 PM EST
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