The Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament has prompted an angry backlash from MPs and campaigners.
Hundreds of people protested in London on Wednesday and a petition against the move gained a million signatures.
Earlier the Queen approved Boris Johnson’s request to suspend Parliament for 23 days in September – just weeks before the UK plans to leave the EU.
Opponents say it will leave MPs with little time to stop a no-deal Brexit.
But cabinet minister Michael Gove insisted the suspension was “certainly not” a political move to stop MPs blocking a no deal.
Instead, he told the BBC there would be “plenty of time” to debate Brexit before the scheduled departure date of 31 October.
On Wednesday, Mr Johnson said a Queen’s Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14 October, to outline his “very exciting agenda”.
He said he did not want to wait until after Brexit “before getting on with our plans to take this country forward”.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described it as “a smash and grab on our democracy” in order to force through a no deal by not leaving enough time to pass laws in Parliament – and pledged to try to stop the suspension.
The prime minister says he wants to leave the EU at the end of October with a deal, but is willing to leave without one rather than miss the deadline.