United Kingdom: Tense Return of Parliament after Boris Johnson’s Judicial Defeat

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United Kingdom: tense parliamentary return after Boris Johnson's judicial defeat

In the wake of the judgment of the Supreme Court, which ruled the suspension of the Parliament to be illegal, work resumes on Wednesday 25th September 2019.

British MPs make their return Wednesday 25th September 2019 the day after the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court, which ruled ” illegal ” the controversial decision of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to suspend Parliament to approach the Brexit.

Suspended since September 10th, Parliament was to remain until October 14th, just two weeks before the scheduled date of Brexit, October 31st, a decision endorsed by Queen Elizabeth II on the advice of Boris Johnson.

But this request of the head of the conservative government was considered “illegal” by the highest court of the country. This bitter setback dealt a serious blow to the prime minister’s authority and triggered numerous calls for his resignation.

See also: Brexit: Supreme Court finds suspension of UK Parliament illegal

Resumption of work

Another consequence of this thunderclap: the MP’s resume the path of the House of Commons on Wednesday 11:30. The Lords (the upper chamber) will follow suit at 3pm.

Boris Johnson, travelling Monday and Tuesday in New York for the UN General Assembly, will return Wednesday morning in the United Kingdom.

Unlike a normal Wednesday, and because of this disruption of the last-minute calendar, there will be no question-and-answer session with the Prime Minister at noon, John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, said on Tuesday.

However, there may be ministerial statements, as well as emergency questions and debates, said John Bercow.

“Citizens of the United Kingdom are entitled to expect Parliament to perform its essential functions, to be able to control the executive, to hold ministers accountable and to legislate. he wants it, “he detailed.

John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, speaks to the press in London on September 24, 2019.
John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, speaks to the press in London on September 24, 2019. (© AFP / Tolga AKMEN)

” Go forward “

But what will be the strategy of the opposition against Boris Johnson weakened?

For Robert Craig, professor of constitutional law at the LSE, with the return of Parliament, the Prime Minister is now “subject to much greater pressure.”

“There may be a motion of censure or laws passed to force him to do certain things,” he told AFP.

“We will get back to work,” reacted Joanna Cherry, MP Scottish independence party SNP, who brought one of the lawsuits that resulted in the defeat of the Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson has said he respects the decision of the Supreme Court, although he “strongly disagrees,” he said Tuesday in New York. Dodging calls for resignation, he plans to “go ahead” and get the UK out of the EU “no matter what” on October 31st.

Parliament vs Government

But MPs are mostly opposed to a brutal divorce with the EU, a scenario envisioned by Boris Johnson. They have passed a law requiring it to ask Brussels for a three-month postponement of Brexit, if it does not reach an exit agreement by October 19, after a European summit in Brussels. But the prime minister has categorically ruled out asking for a deadline.

For Boris Johnson, who no longer has a majority in Parliament, “the obvious thing to do is to hold elections.” This is what he told reporters on Tuesday after a meeting with businessmen in New York.

He hopes to get enough support to implement his Brexit strategy. According to several opinion polls, the Conservative Party would indeed be in the lead in case of early elections.

Labour’s leader, the main opposition party, Jeremy Corbyn, called on the head of the government to resign. He said he was in favour of early elections but once the threat of “no-deal” spread.

On the diplomatic field, Boris Johnson reiterates his hope to conclude a divorce agreement with Brussels, even if European leaders are far from optimistic, especially on the crucial issue of the Irish border.

He met Tuesday in New York with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, a “good meeting”, according to the latter. “We were able to go into more detail this time, but there is still a wide gap between the EU and the UK in terms of achieving what we need to accomplish,” Varadkar said.

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