STRATFORD MP Nadhim Zahawi has voiced his support for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend parliament.
The newly appointed junior minister for business and industry, is backing Mr Johnson’s no-deal Brexit despite previous support for former PM Theresa May’s deal, when he was reported to say a no-deal Brexit would be ‘harmful to businesses’.
The Observer contacted the Tory MP for a response to residents’ call for clarification on his position.
Mr Zahawi replied: “The current session of Parliament has lasted more than 340 days and has been the longest session in almost 400 years. As the Prime Minister said in a letter to MPs, ‘Bills have been introduced, which, while worthy in their own right, have at times seemed more about filling time in both the Commons and the Lords, while key Brexit legislation has been held back to ensure it could still be considered for carry-over into a second session. This cannot continue’.
“I fully agree with the Prime Minister and therefore support his request to the Queen that she end the current parliamentary session in September and hold a Queen’s speech on Monday October 14. We urgently need to get on with helping the NHS, fighting violent crime, investing in infrastructure and cutting the cost of living for people up and down the country.
“After the Queen’s speech, MPs will have ample time to debate Government’s new legislative programme in the usual way. Parliament will also be able to hold votes on any deal with the EU that the Prime Minister achieves should he succeed in securing requisite changes.”
In a letter recently hand-delivered to Mr Zahawi, Liberal Democrat county councillor Dominic Skinner wrote although just over half of district residents voted leave it did not mean without a deal.
He went on to argue the suspension of Parliament 17 days before Brexit – which opponents claim intends to prevent blocking a no-deal Brexit – undermined democracy.
It is understood Mr Johnson is considering a snap general election should opposition be successful in the latest round of Brexit votes this week.