Lookups spiked 12,000% on August 28, 2019
Searches for prorogue rose on August 28, 2019, after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposed a parliamentary procedure that would suspend the Parliament and effectively stop debate among elected officials on Brexit during a time when Britain does not yet have a trade agreement in place with the European Union. On the one hand, this could mean that there will not be enough time to avoid a "no deal" Brexit, but it could also mean that Johnson may try to use a shortened period of debate to force an agreement with Europe under the extra pressure. Limiting the role of the elected Parliament is being criticized as an anti-democratic move.
Jeremy Corbyn accuses Boris Johnson of carrying out a "smash and grab on our democracy" by asking the Queen to suspend Parliament— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) August 28, 2019
The Labour leader says MPs will attempt legislation to stop the move
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Prorogue means "to terminate a session of (something, such as a British parliament) by royal prerogative" or "to suspend or end a legislative session."
Prorogue came to English from French in the 1400s; the French term came from the Latin word prorogare, meaning "to prolong" or "to defer." It ultimately derives from the combination of the Latin words pro- ("before") and rogare ("to ask").
Prorogation ends a session of Parliament until the beginning of the next session, which follows a ceremonial speech by the Queen. By contrast, when Parliament is dissolved, the session ends and an election takes place before it is reconvened.
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