Five-week UK parliament shut-down begins

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Brexit: What happened on Monday?
Parliament has officially been suspended for five weeks, with MPs not due back until 14 October.Amid unusual scenes in the House of Commons, some MPs protested against the suspension with signs saying "silenced" while shouting: "Shame on you."It comes after PM Boris Johnson's bid to call a snap election in October was defeated for a second time.Opposition MPs refused to back it, insisting a law blocking a no-deal Brexit must be implemented first.In all, 293 MPs voted for the prime minister's motion for an early election, far short of the two thirds needed.
Could a no-deal Brexit still happen on 31 October?
Parliament was suspended - or prorogued - at just before 02:00 BST on Tuesday.As Speaker John Bercow - who earlier announced his resignation - was due to lead MPs in a procession to the House of Lords to mark the suspension, a group of angry opposition backbenchers appeared to try to block his way.
Doorkeepers had to intervene when one MP, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, appeared to hold on to Speaker Bercow
Late into the night, MPs also burst into song on the Commons benches, singing traditional Welsh and Scottish songs.It is normal for new governments to suspend Parliament, but the length and timing of the prorogation in this case has sparked controversy.
Skip Twitter post by @RosieDuffield1— Rosie Duffield MP (@RosieDuffield1) September 10, 2019
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The Welsh members also gave us a beautiful song. With harmony! ?— Hannah Bardell ???? (@HannahB4LiviMP) September 10, 2019
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Meanwhile, on a hectic day of political developments:
The prime minister also suffered another defeat, as MPs backed calls for the publication of government communications relating to the suspension of Parliament and its no-deal plans;
Mr Johnson was warned he could face legal action for flouting the law blocking no deal;
MPs approved, without a vote, a motion from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn demanding the government abide by the rule of law.
'Strive to get an agreement'
At present, UK law states that the country will leave the EU on 31 October, regardless of whether a withdrawal deal has been agreed with Brussels or not.But new legislation, which was granted royal assent on Monday, changes that, and will force the prime minister to seek a delay until 31 January 2020 unless a deal - or a no-deal exit - is approved by MPs by 19 October. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said although No 10 insisted it was not looking to break the new law, efforts were under way to examine ways of getting around it.
Why are MPs being sent home?
Boris Johnson and the border blocking Brexit
Mr Johnson said the government would use the time Parliament was suspended to press on with negotiating a deal with the EU, while "preparing to leave without one". "No matter how many devices this Parliament invents to tie my hands, I will strive to get an agreement in the national interest," he said. "This government will not delay Brexit any further."
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