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U.K.: House of Commons Approves Motion to Prevent Government From Suspending Parliament

1 MIN READJul 18, 2019 | 13:49 GMT

What Happened: The British House of Commons has approved a motion forcing the government to address Parliament several times between October and December to inform lawmakers on the political situation in Northern Ireland, the BBC reported July 18.

Why It Matters: With the motion, legislators wish to ensure that Parliament sits even if Theresa May's successor as prime minister decides to suspend the Commons. Convening the chamber to update lawmakers on the political situation in Northern Ireland serves as a pretense to reconvene Parliament after a potential suspension.

Background: The frontrunner to become the next prime minister, Boris Johnson, has not ruled out suspending Parliament in late October to block lawmakers from preventing a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31.

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