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Brexit? MPs set to make a 6-week exit

MPs can look forward to a near six-week summer recess this year despite the looming Brexit deadline.

The Commons is expected to rise on July 25 and return on September 3.

A further recess is likely to be scheduled in September for the party conferences, which would further reduce the sitting time of the Commons before the October 31 deadline.

SNP MP Pete Wishart accused the Commons of having achieved very little recently, saying MPs should be getting on with work before the Brexit deadline in the autumn.

Mr Wishart said: ‘This House should now be done under the vagrancy act because never before in the history of parliament has so little been done by so many on behalf of so few.’

The date of the start of the recess opens up the prospect of Theresa May’s successor — due to be announced on July 22 — facing a confidence motion before the summer.