Boris Johnson Says Proroguing Parliament Will Allow “An Ambitious New Programme”

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has said in a statement that the decision to prorogue Parliament would allow for a new ambitious new programme in the next session.

Johnson said in a statement:

“We must focus on crucial public priorities – helping the NHS, fighting violent crime, investing in infrastructure and science and cutting the cost of living. We have made an important start – funding for 20,000 extra police officers and new investment in our NHS – but to deliver on the public’s priorities we require a new session and a Queen’s Speech.

I believe it is vital that Parliament is sitting both before and after European Council and if, as I hope, a deal with the EU is forthcoming, Parliament will then have the opportunity to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill required for ratification ahead of 31 October.”