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Boris Johnson gets his wish and suspends Parliament – but only until Monday

Boris Johnson has finally succeeded in suspending Parliament – after his first attempt was branded unlawful – even if it will only last for a few days.

MPs will be back on Monday – where the Queen will read out Mr Johnson's legislative priorities.

But given that Britain is likely headed for a general election it is unlikely to lead to much meaningful legislation – especially as the government lacks a majority.

Normally if the government loses a vote on its Queen's speech it is a resignation issue for the PM.

On Tuesday MPs left the chamber without incident for the bizarre ceremony which ends a Parliamentary session.

It was in stark contrast to the protests at Mr Johnson's earlier attempts to prorogue the Commons –  which ended with the Supreme Court ruling it has never happened because of the PM's unlawful actions.

The prorogation ends the longest parliamentary session in the history of the United Kingdom.

The session initially came to an end in the early hours of September 10, when Parliament was thought to have been prorogued – or suspended – until October 14.

After the Supreme Courts ruling MPs returned to the House of Commons on September 25 to resume parliamentary business.

The current session formally began on June 21 2017 with the State Opening of Parliament, including the Queen's Speech.

At 839 days, this was the longest continuous parliamentary session since the UK was established by the Acts of Union in 1800.

The previous record-holder was the session of 2010-12, which lasted 707 calendar days from the State Opening on May 25 2010 to prorogation on May 1 2012.

Parliament is typically prorogued once a year, followed shortly afterwards by another State Opening and Queen's Speech.

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