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Johnson govt to hold Queen's speech on 14th October, will be confirmed by privy council at Balmoral today - No 10 says it's all biz as usual for a new govt, but has useful political side effect that denies MPs time to try to stop no deal
Parliament likely to meet therefore from next Monday until around the 11th of September - understand Downing St thinks they have some legal protection from court cases if they are suspending Parliament to come back with a Queen's Speech - there is going to be HUGE row
I understand only a tiny handful of Cabinet ministers knew about this move, they were going to be briefed after the privy council later
Rebels, including senior Tories, likely now to be even more determined to try to change the law next week - 3rd Sept likely to be a big showdown
Senior No 10 source says 'this is about the NHS and violent crime, not Brexit, and the courts have no locus to interfere in a bog standard Queen's Speech process' ....
This is clearly the defence No 10 is going to run against charges of carrying out a constitutional outrage... there is going to be nothing 'bog standard' about the arguments ahead - PM has pitted himself against Parliament before MPs back - buckle up (and hello again)
No 10 source 'new Queen's Speech will be about an agenda for improving the NHS, helping police fight violent crime, stopping violent criminals getting out early, investing in science + infrastructure, and attacking the cost of living with aggressive tax cuts + other measures'
Cabinet conference call this morning
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