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Posted By: Nigel Parsons
24-Sep-19 - 08:01 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
But that is exactly what Johnson did, prorogued Parliament for 'just a few days'. The rest of the 5 weeks (often claimed as the length of the prorogation) is just the usual break for the Party conferences.

The UK Parliament site gives details of the normal timings of Parliamentary recesses:
The House has breaks during the year when it doesn’t meet. The precise timings of recesses vary each year and dates are announced by the Leader of the House. The recess calendar lists the published dates.
Even if the dates haven't been announced yet, you can usually work out roughly when they will fall because recesses follow a general pattern (assuming that the State Opening of Parliament is at its normal time in May):
Whitsun recess: a week in late May to early June
Summer recess: late July to early September
Conference recess: Mid-September to early October (accommodating the party conferences)