Double parliamentary session needed to pass large volume of extra legislation, says leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom

Next year’s Queen’s speech is being ditched by the government to ease the way in parliament for new Brexit laws.

In a highly unusual move, the parliamentary session is being doubled to two years. The leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, said this would give MPs and peers the maximum time possible to scrutinise legislation taking the UK out of the European Union. It means the government will not put forward a new legislative programme next year.

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