Boris Johnson has suspended Parliament until October 14, despite widespread outcry and fury amongst the opposition. The House will reconvene on Monday, October 14, and then one week later, the Queen will deliver her speech. But while the Prime Minister may have hoped for some downtime to quell his critics, he will return to face as strong a mutiny as before.
The Queen’s speech is due to be delivered by Her Majesty on Monday, October 14 and will be voted on by MPs a week later, on October 21.
The speech, while read out by the Queen, is in fact written by the Government, detailing the plans for the coming parliamentary session.
This will be the 64th time the Queen has delivered a speech throughout her reign.
And in all those years, it has only been voted down three times - in 1886, 1892 and 1923.
Brexit news: The Queen’s speech is due to be delivered by Her Majesty on Monday, October 14
But now opposition parties are planning on banding together once more to vote down Boris Johnson’s plans, leaving the Queen to deal with more fallout from the ongoing crisis.
The Telegraph reported party insiders claiming it is also likely Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will table a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister On October 22, if he is successful in voting down the speech the day before.
Senior SNP and Lib Dem sources also confirmed that a confidence vote in late October was discussed by opposition leaders during a meeting in Westminster on Monday morning.
Prior to the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, a Queen’s Speech was considered a vote of confidence and losing it would normally lead to a Government resigning, but now, a motion of no confidence must be tabled.
Labour believes that inflicting the Queen’s speech defeat on Mr Johnson could provide the necessary push required for Tory rebels to vote with the opposition to bring him down.
If a vote of no confidence against Mr Johnson’s Government is successful, it would trigger a 14-day window to see if the current government - or an alternative one with a new PM - could win a vote of confidence.
But if no-one wins the confidence of the House in 14 days it would trigger a general election with Mr Johnson as Prime Minister.
Things would get complicated here, particularly if Mr Johnson still refuses to request a Brexit extension, which is required in law.
General election rules stipulate there must be a 25-day period in between an election being called and polling day, which could take the date into late November or early December, well after the Brexit deadline of October 31.
The default position remains for the UK to leave the EU on October 31 at 11pm GMT.
Boris Johnson says he wants a new deal with the EU on the terms of leaving, but has vowed Brexit will happen on 31 October even if that is with no deal.
While he is bound by law to request an extension even if he can’t thrash out a deal, he’s said he’d “rather be dead in a ditch” than do so.
So for Mr Corbyn’s plan to succeed, he’d ideally need to win a confidence motion in the House in the two-week interim after the initial motion, allowing him to request the extension himself.