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Sunday, June 18, 2017, 17:38
UK to double length of next Parliament to deal with Brexit
By Associated Press
Sunday, June 18, 2017, 17:38 By Associated Press

In a still image take from footage broadcast by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) via Parliament TV on June 13, 2017 Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the dispatch box in the House of Commons in central London on June 13, 2017 during the process of starting a new parliament. (Photo/AFP)

LONDON — The British government plans to have the next Parliament hold a two-year session to deal with the expected onslaught of Brexit-related legislation.

Parliament normally sits for one year, but officials said late Saturday night more time will be needed.

House of Common leader Andrea Leadsom said Parliament will need "the maximum amount of time to scrutinize these bills" by holding a two-year session.

The legislation is expected to include the Great Repeal Bill to convert existing European Union law into United Kingdom statutes.

Prime Minister Theresa May has been struggling to put together a working government since the Conservative Party lost its majority in the June 8 election. She is seeking an arrangement with the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland.

Formal Brexit talks with the European Union begin Monday.

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