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UK NewsBrexit struggles lead to longest parliamentary session since the Civil War

07:35  14 may  2019
07:35  14 may  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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The current session of parliament is now the longest since the civil war period as the impasse over Brexit This session included not just the civil war but the trial and execution of Charles I, and Parliamentary sessions begin with the state opening of parliament , and the Queen’s speech, and

It has a long way to go before it breaks the Long Parliament ’s record, however. The Civil War parliament began on 3 November 1640 and lasted until 20 April 1653- a total of 3,322 days. Brexit struggles lead to longest parliamentary session since the Civil War .

Brexit struggles lead to longest parliamentary session since the Civil War © Press Association Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. Parliament sits for its 300th day of the current session on Tuesday, making it the longest since the English Civil War.

The Brexit deadlock has led the Government to keep the session alive in the hopes of pushing through its Withdrawal Agreement. It has now lasted across three calendar years, since 13 June 2017.

It has a long way to go before it breaks the Long Parliament's record, however. The Civil War parliament began on 3 November 1640 and lasted until 20 April 1653- a total of 3,322 days.

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Brexit impasse leads to longest UK parliament session since civil war . Commons has sat for 298 days, and with MPs unable to agree deal no new session is in sight. Published: 13 May 2019.

Deadlocked over navigating Britain's exit from the European Union, the country's parliament session is now the longest since the English Civil War The House of Commons library said the parliamentary session became the longest in more than 350 years on May 7, and on Tuesday will have lasted for

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Analysis by the House of Commons Library said: "What makes the 2017-19 session unusual is that it has lasted for more than three years.

"This has been to permit the passage of Brexit-related legislation. This parliamentary session has now overtaken the 296 sitting days in the 2010-12 session, which was previously the longest since the Civil War.

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It has a long way to go before it breaks the Long Parliament ’s record, however. The Civil War parliament began on 3 November 1640 and lasted until 20 April 1653- a t otal of 3,322 days. Brexit struggles lead to longest parliamentary session since the Civil War .

It has a long way to go before it breaks the Long Parliament ’s record, however. The Civil War parliament began on 3 November 1640 and lasted until 20 April 1653- a t otal of 3,322 days. Brexit struggles lead to longest parliamentary session since the Civil War .

"It has therefore also become the longest session since the union of England and Scotland in 1707."

Brexit struggles lead to longest parliamentary session since the Civil War © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Oliver Cromwell's intervention

The record session - the Long Parliament - came at a moment of particular constitutional crisis in England. It ordered the arrest and execution of Charles I, and was ultimately only broken up after 13 years by the intervention of Oliver Cromwell.

By convention, a parliamentary session sits for a year, from spring to spring, before closing and re-opening with a new Queen's Speech to set out the aims of the Government.

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However, closing a session generally means dumping legislation which has become "stuck" in parliamentary processes, and with the Withdrawal Agreement still on pause, the Government does not want to risk such a restart.

Other notable sessions include the Convention Parliament of 1688-89, which followed the Glorious Revolution in 1688 and sat for 250 days.

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It has a long way to go before it breaks the Long Parliament ’s record, however. The Civil War parliament began on 3 November 1640 and lasted until 20 April 1653- a t otal of 3,322 days. Brexit struggles lead to longest parliamentary session since the Civil War .

The U.K.'s current parliamentary session is now the longest session by sitting days since the English Civil War in the mid-17th century 31 after lawmakers rejected May's Brexit deal three times. May has said that if the government and the Labour Party do not reach agreement during their talks

Brexit struggles lead to longest parliamentary session since the Civil War © Getty John Major faced a struggle to pass the Maastricht Treaty Long sessions

The longest session in the 19th century was in 1893-94 - 226 sitting days - when Gladstone's government unsuccessfully tried to enact home rule for Ireland.

Divisions over Europe contributed to the 240-day session of 1992-93, characterised by bitter debates over the Maastricht Treaty.

The 1997-98 session, with 241 days, saw the passing of legislation creating devolved institutions in Scotland and Wales.

In terms of sitting hours, the 2,657 hours and 56 minutes recorded up to May 10 made it comfortably the longest on record, with figures dating back to 1831-32.

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Vital work

Theresa May's fragile hold on power, with no majority and numerous rebels on her own benches, has contributed to the monarch's absence from the Palace of Westminster.

Downing Street defended the approach, with the Prime Minister's official spokesman telling reporters that Mrs May and the Government "decided upon an extended session in order to pass the legislation to deliver Brexit".

"That work remains vital and, obviously, ongoing."

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