The Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson intends to prorogue Parliament this evening, but what does it mean?
Prorogation is a formal mechanism to end a session of parliament. This means parliament is suspended and ends all current legislation under discussion. This usually happens every autumn in UK parliament. The current parliamentary session, which began in June 2017, is the longest in almost 400 years.
Prorogation involves a bit of pomp and circumstance. A ceremony takes place whereby a message from the Queen is read in the House of Lords and then Black Rod summons MPs from the House of Commons to the Lords. A list of all the bills passed by the parliament is read, followed by a speech on behalf of the Queen announcing what has been achieved by the government before MPs are sent home.