Boris Johnson has asked for legal advice on whether Parliament can be closed for five weeks before Brexit , according to reports.
Leaked government correspondence shows the Prime Minister wanted to know whether a shutdown from September 9 was possible from attorney general Geoffrey Cox, the Observer reports.
The email, from senior government advisers to an adviser in Johnson’s office, was written in the last ten days.
The legal guidance given in the email is that shutting parliament may well be possible, unless the courts agree to demands by anti-Brexit campaigners to block such a move, the newspaper adds.
The move would allow for a Queen’s Speech, starting a new parliamentary session, on October 14.
But it would keep MPs away from the Commons until shortly before the European Council summit of EU leaders on October 17, potentially preventing moves to block a no-deal Brexit.
Government sources said Number 10 officials ask for legal and policy advice every day.
But a source added: “The claim that the Government is considering proroguing parliament in September in order to stop MPs debating Brexit is entirely false.”
Opponents have slammed any attempt to suspend Parliament to force through no deal.
Tonight Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Brexit Kier Starmer tweeted: “This must be stopped.
“To suspend parliament at this crucial time is outrageous.
“MPs must take the earliest opportunity to take Johnson on and defeat him.”
Further details have emerged about the Government’s public information campaign about a potential no-deal Brexit.
The Cabinet Office is in the final stages of signing off the major media blitz to support businesses and the public, which will give information about what will be required for any scenario on October 31.
The campaign will feature TV and radio adverts, billboards, social media and a dedicated gov.uk website providing advice and information.
A fast and simple “60-second checker” on gov.uk is promised, which will help businesses and UK and EU citizens work out what, if anything, they need to do.