Boris Johnson will ask the Queen to suspend parliament from mid-September until just two weeks before the 31 October deadline, reports suggest, Independent reported.

The explosive move will be seen as an attempt to stop MPs from stopping the prime minister forcing through a no-deal Brexit.

Under government plans, parliament would be suspended days after MPs return from their summer recess next week and would only resume for a Queen’s Speech on 14 October, according to the BBC.

The BBC suggested that parliament would not sit from 10 September, meaning there would be just a week between MPs returning from their summer break and the suspension beginning.

If this was the case, there would be barely any time for parliament to pass legislation blocking a no-deal Brexit if Boris Johnson fails to secure a fresh agreement with the EU.​​

Proroguing parliament has been mooted for months but is seen as a hugely controversial, given it would effectively sideline MPs and peers during a time of potential national crisis.

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