Know Your Brit-Speak: Prorogation

Non-British readers should acquaint themselves with this word.

Prorogation in England is the term used for the end of a parliamentary session. It is a formal state occasion as the Queen formally prorogues Parliament on the advice of the Privy Council.

This is coming up soon, October 14, and the Queen’s speech follows on the heels of that occasion. It looks like sort of a British State-of-the-Union speech as that speech would be about affairs of state and not about trivia.

It looks like there is a row over Boris Johnson ending the session early –
BBCBoris Johnson asks Queen to suspend Parliament

“Boris Johnson said a Queen’s Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14 October, to outline his “very exciting agenda”.

But it means the time MPs have to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit on 31 October would be cut.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said it was a “constitutional outrage”.

The speaker, who does not traditionally comment on political announcements, continued: “However it is dressed up, it is blindingly obvious that the purpose of [suspending Parliament] now would be to stop [MPs] debating Brexit and performing its duty in shaping a course for the country.”

It would be “an offence against the democratic process and the rights of Parliamentarians as the people’s elected representatives”, he added.” . . . (more)



“Queen Victoria prorogued Parliament in person regularly between 1837 and 1854, after which she ceased to attend, allegedly because she disliked the ceremony.

This was the last occasion on which the Sovereign prorogued Parliament or gave the Royal Assent in person, and was also the last time the Speaker made a speech at prorogation.

From 1855, a prorogation speech, prepared by the Government, was read by the Lord Chancellor, and in 1867, Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli introduced the custom of having the Lord Chancellor read the prorogation speech in the first person, as if the Queen were speaking the words herself.

This practice continues at Royal Commissions for prorogation today, although the speech is now read by the Leader of the House.”

The ceremony will be covered live on tv and the internet –

As explosive Epstein news keeps coming the royals may be even more out of favor with the public than they are now.