Parliament settles in for ‘substantial’ legislative burden

The start of Brexit negotiations also marks the beginning of an unusual two-year parliamentary term to give MPs enough time to consider legislation more thoroughly

Andrea Leadsom says the new parliament 'faces a substantial legislative programme”. Photograph: Roman Slavik/123RFThe next parliamentary session will be doubled to deal with the “substantial” legislative burden anticipated over at least the next two years.

As Brexit negotiators prepared to begin discussions on 19 June, the government confirmed that parliament would sit for 24, rather than the customary 12, months “to give MPs enough time” to fully consider the laws required to make the UK ready for withdrawal and to get on with its domestic work.

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