Parliament will resume in the UK as the Queen addresses the chamber ahead of Brexit

The British Parliament will resume after three days of suspension in preparation for today’s Queen’s Speech, during which the Queen

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The British Parliament will resume after three days of suspension in preparation for today’s Queen’s Speech, during which the Queen will outline the government’s plans and priorities for the year.

A historically symbolic vote is held on the speech’s contents. Though it hasn’t happened in nearly a century, MPs could vote against Johnson’s plan, delivering the government a major political blow. This would build pressure on both parties to hold a new election.

Still, the opposition Labour Party is wary of holding a new election before a Brexit deal is reached by October 19 or an extension is granted by the end of the month. One possible outcome is that Labour proposes a motion of no confidence. This would require the support of a majority of MPs and would give Labour two weeks to form a new government, after which time new elections would be held.

It is unclear that such a proposal would pass, making it likely that the opposition will wait until the end of the month to agree to hold a new vote and attempt to command a majority.