In an unprecedented move, the judiciary (via the UK Supreme Court) has thwarted the executive’s move to suspend the legislature in a move that is likely to sink Brexit.
Only established in 2009 by a previous Labour government, the Supreme Court’s decided that Boris Johnson’s decision to ask the sovereign (aka Queen Elizabeth II) was unlawful.
As a result, Parliament will resume tomorrow morning having already passed a law that prevents a so-called ‘No Deal’ Brexit on October the 31st.
The current prime minister Boris Johnson can pass no laws since he no longer has a working majority. Moreover, the so-called opposition parties have voted against an early general election, whilst the House of Commons as a whole has rejected three times a withdrawal agreement, albeit badly flawed, with the EU negotiated by Johnson’s hapless predecessor Theresa May.
Johnson has vowed not to resign, while the opposition parties refuse to consider a vote of no-confidence which effectively means a constitutional stalemate.
A neverending Brexit which means no Brexit at all seems on the cards.
Even a 2019 general election might not break the impasse should it even happen, while a foiled Brexit will create political space (initially for Nigel Farage’s Brexit party) and result in the possibility of new pro-Brexit forces in due course.