School of Law

Could a new prime minister prorogue parliament to deliver a no-deal Brexit?

17 June 2019

Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott published an article for Prospect Magazine where she questions whether a new prime minister could prorogue (suspend) parliament to deliver a no-deal Brexit.

She writes: “Given the current parliamentary opposition to a no-deal Brexit, some have argued that the government should prorogue parliament (ie suspend it) for a short period, so MPs could not prevent a 31 October exit. Indeed Tory leadership candidate Dominic Raab recently stated that he was ready to prorogue parliament, while fellow candidate Esther McVey argued that prorogation was part of her possible “toolkit.” At first sight this seems undemocratic in the extreme. But could it actually happen? The short answer is: it’s complicated.”

Read the full piece here.