Queen Will Suspend Parliament at Request of Boris Johnson: Hello No Deal Brexit!

Mish

At Boris Johnson's request, the Queen agreed to suspend parliament for several weeks in September and October.

Queen Will Suspend Parliament

The BBC reports Parliament to be Suspended in September

Boris Johnson said a Queen's Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14 October, to outline his "very exciting agenda".

But it means the time MPs have to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit on 31 October would be cut.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said it was a "constitutional outrage".

The Speaker, who does not traditionally comment on political announcements, continued: "However it is dressed up, it is blindingly obvious that the purpose of [suspending Parliament] now would be to stop [MPs] debating Brexit and performing its duty in shaping a course for the country."

Three Conservative members of the Queen's Privy Council took the request to suspend Parliament to the monarch's Scottish residence in Balmoral on Wednesday morning on behalf of the prime minister.

It has now been approved, allowing the government to suspend Parliament no earlier than Monday 9 September and no later than Thursday 12 September, until Monday 14 October.

While it is not possible to mount a legal challenge to the Queen's exercise of her personal prerogative powers, BBC legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman said a judicial review could be launched into the advice given to her by the prime minister - to determine whether that advice was lawful.

Guardian Live

The Guardian Live Blog has more details.

Can MPs Stop Prorogation?

No. Parliament is due to go on a three-week conference recess anyway in the second week of September and there had been suggestions MPs would vote against holding this recess, or any attempt to extend it. However, proroguing parliament is not voted on by MPs so cannot be stopped in this way.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Comments

“What the prime minister is doing is a sort of smash and grab on our democracy in order to force through a no-deal exit from the European Union. What is he so afraid of that he has to suspend parliament in order to prevent parliament discussing these matters?

Corbyn said the first thing Labour would do was to put forward legislation to prevent the suspension, and than there would be a challenge in the form of a vote of no confidence.

Asked about plans by a cross-party group of MPs to hold an alternative parliament, and calls by some Labour MPs for people to take to the streets, he replied: “We will do everything that we can. We will join everybody else in doing that.”

Boris Johnson Confirms Queens Speech on October 14

"As I said on the steps of Downing Street, we’re not going to wait until 31 October before getting on with our plans to take this country forward. This is a new government with a very exciting agenda ... We have to be bringing forward new and important bills. That’s why we are going to have a Queen’s speech and we are going to do it on 14 October."

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Parliament Efforts

The articles discuss parliamentary legislation but such talk is useless.

Parliament can vote all it wants to prevent No Deal but such votes are not binding.

Boris Johnson set a date of October 14 for the Queen's Speech. Parliament can only amend legislation at that time. It will be too late to stop Brexit.

The one and only option on the table that could work is if on September 3 parliament passes a motion of No Confidence and simultaneously comes up with a candidate that has a majority.

Any Tories who vote against the government will be outed and lose their seats in the next election.

Even then, Boris Johnson could refuse to stand down as the above Tweet suggests, but that would likely trigger a court challenge.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (20)
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shamrock
shamrock

The pound is marginally down but otherwise please note the collective yawn around the world.

msurkan
msurkan

Good or bad, this is a transparent move to limit the amount of time parliament has to make more attempts at derailing Brexit. Johnson wouldn't be doing this if he didn't feel there was a risk parliament could throw a monkey wrench into the Brexit gears.

Also, it's important to keep in mind that this prorogation move only reduces the sitting time of parliament by a maximum of six days. There is already a lengthy recess scheduled that would occur even without prorogation.

I don't really see what Johnson gets by just eliminating a mere six days of parliament seating time. But neither do I see what six additional days buys the opposition. If they are unable to defeat the government in the active sessions they will still get with prorogation why would another six help?

Herkie
Herkie

Wow, I am shocked actually. Something tells me John Bercow is not invited to Christmas celebrations this year, accusing the queen of an unconstitutional move, dude has brass balls.

“What the prime minister is doing is a sort of smash and grab on our democracy in order to force through a no-deal exit from the European Union. What is he so afraid of that he has to suspend parliament in order to prevent parliament discussing these matters?" Said the guy that LOST and has been attempting to derail the vote ever since. Corbyn and the remainers never had any intention of abiding by the will of the people. I mean you all complain about dems not getting over HRC losing, this guy is in a class by himself when it comes to not accepting election results.

I am very happy the queen did this, now I hope the results will be that the remainers finally realize they lost and will instead work for a deal that CAN be done for the good of the most on both sides of the channel. I also hope the EU confederacy collapses into the hell it came from.

Latkes
Latkes

This has been dragging on for way too long.

thimk
thimk

You can always count on the English to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

This was more about saving Britain from the EU than keeping Boris Johnson in power. Seems like a noble sacrifice.

wootendw
wootendw

You forgot one thing, Mish. The EU parliament now KNOWS it can only stop no-deal by agreeing to changes. BoJo has said that the only part of May's deal that he objects to is the Irish backstop. Presumably, that means a customs union, temporary or permanent, is on the table. Another thing is the VAT. The EU requires a 15% minimum VAT. I personally despise the VAT as would any libertarian, including yourself. Thirdly, there is a big chunk of money involved. Suppose the EU agrees to removal of the backstop, but at the cost of one or more of these other things?

Hopefully, the EU will accept no-deal Brexit and blame it for the upcoming recession. Until it happens, however, I'm pessimistic, but less so.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

The opposition to Brexit- and let us be honest, the opposition is to Brexit, not no deal Brexit- now faces a choice. It either gives up the ghost and concedes defeat, votes no confidence before Parliament closes for the recess in September and comes up with another PM who will stop Brexit with a majority in Parliament, or votes no confidence and tries to force elections before October 31st. That is pretty much all the options at this point that are legal.

Now, I don't completely discount the possibility that extra-legal means to stop Johnson won't be taken- we are further down the rabbit hole than I would have expected 3 years ago.

CarlRostron
CarlRostron

As soon as it was announced here that BJ was doing this act of parliament, the first place I cam was here to take your view. I love listening to your views on things. Keep up the great work and thank you!! Love from the UK to the US!!

Christian dk
Christian dk

What a pathetic Kingdom...united, my ass... The remainers will burn down the fort, to try and stop brexit, deal or no deal... Corbyn, you have had your chance, so stop whining. I really hope that Scotland will leave the "united" kingdom and thus destroy the monarchy, the pound " sterling" and that England ends in hell, for stealing the third worlds wealth and future. Britain should be forced to return ALL the gold that she has STOLEN from Afrika, and the common wealth, at 35 us$ per ounce, and 1 pound "sterling" /14 oz of silver for 1 £, and all natural ressources should be nationalized and taken as compensation for the Siama / AIDS deliberate use as a biological weapon against Africa. The whole world needs to stand up and defy the USA and britain and deny to accept the us $ and the british £, for their murder of the UN - 1961 DAG Hammerskjold. See the Documentary and you will understand how crooked the "empire really is". No other man than Rothchild has benifitted more the plunder of Africa, while at the same time was behind the London " FIX " ing of the gold price. This was pure slavery at 35 $ per oz of gold, and made billions for 1 family, that never had a shovel in their hand. The greediest family on this planet. ? or is that the Royal families a,b,c.

Sechel
Sechel

Nothing to applaud here. The optics of what Boris Johnson did stink. Didn't realize the Queen had this power. Makes one realize that the U.K. hasn't gone far enough in migrating from a Monarchy to a Democracy.. Maybe Mish you are applauding this on an ends justifies the means logic. Process matters though. I will say I'm in the camp that believes Brexit is a mistake and will cost the U.K. in terms of lost economic output. This decision was done out of fear of ceding power to Brussels. There was way too much demagoguery going into this

RonJ
RonJ

@LeedsEurope: "This is an emergency! Parliament is being shut down by a Prime Minister who wants to bypass it to force through #Brexit."

The British people voted for Brexit. The Prime Minister is following through on the will of the voters.


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