Coronavirus crisis causes UK parliament to close one week early

Parliament was due to close for a three-week Easter break from March 31, however, the government asked MPs to start a week early, as fears grow that politicians and staff are being put at risk by continuing to work there.

The Scottish Parliament chamber was shut down on Tuesday but MSPs will return on 1 April in order to consider emergency coronavirus legislation.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the House of Commons, laid a motion saying parliament will adjourn on Wednesday night until 21 April, but that the date would be reviewed closer to the time and there are a number of suggestions it may return for only two days a week with limited numbers.

MPs have called for ministers to take part in daily video conferencing so they can keep a handle on the Covid-19 outbreak while parliament is in recess.

It was Jeremy Corbyn's final Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) as Leader of the Opposition. He will stand down as leader of the Labour party on 4 April.

Mr Corbyn urged Mr Johnson to make himself "available for scrutiny" during the parliamentary recess saying that parliament represented people who are desperately worried about their health and their economic well being.

While the House of Commons is in recess, MPs will still be able to respond to and help their constituents.

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