AT least 100 MPs will go on holiday next week — despite their “half-term” break being scrapped.
They had been ordered to stay in Parliament to tackle the Brexit deadlock and sort through masses of crucial legislation.
But sources say Tory and Labour politicians are being “paired off” for hols so they don’t have to be at votes. Staff are still required to work in the Commons and staff its canteens next week.
PM’s Questions could now see one of the lowest attendances in modern times.
Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom cancelled the break last month amid fears about how ready the UK is for a March 29 Brexit.
Some MPs demanded refunds for booked holidays, but Parliament’s expenses watchdog refused.
Chief whip Julian Smith then promised those who want to “spend time with families” or who had arranged trips abroad could carry on unhindered.
Some now claim the cancellation was just a PR stunt.
MPs must submit slips to request absence. Priority will go to those with children.
As of last night, 50 Labour MPs and 50 Tories have had requests granted, along with a handful from smaller parties, sources told The Sun.
The Tory and Labour whips’ offices declined to comment.
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Next week’s Commons schedule doesn’t include any major legislation. Instead, the Government will pass less controversial but crucial laws.
The Sun revealed yesterday there were still 458 statutory instruments, laws that transfer EU powers to ministers, to be passed before March 29.
But there are only 26 sitting days left, meaning they must be passed at a rate of 17 per day. In total MPs must scrutinise 9,000 legal documents before Brexit Day.
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