British PM candidate Boris Johnson could send lawmakers home in October so they don't stop no-deal Brexit: Sky

Boris Johnson attends a hustings event in Colchester, Britain, on July 13, 2019.
Boris Johnson attends a hustings event in Colchester, Britain, on July 13, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - If Boris Johnson becomes British prime minister next week, he could send lawmakers home for up to two weeks in October to prevent them stopping a no-deal Brexit on Oct 31, Sky reported, citing unidentified campaign sources.

"One of the options being considered by the Johnson campaign is to send MPs (members of parliament) away in late October to give them less chance to, in some way, block a no-deal Brexit," said Sam Coates, Sky's deputy political editor.

Sterling fell below US$1.24 for the first time since April 2017 on the news.

Sky cited campaign sources as saying that Johnson is looking at scheduling a Queen's Speech - the government's legislative plans - to mark the start of a new parliamentary session in early November.

As parliament is prorogued for between one and two weeks ahead of a Queen's Speech, that would mean that lawmakers would in effect "be unavailable to stop a no-deal Brexit immediately before Oct 31", Sky said.