Boris Johnson Suspends Parliament Just In Time For The Brexit

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

If British parliament were somehow able to stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson from crashing out of the European Union (EU) in a hard, no-deal brexit, they'll have much less time to do that now.

Johnson has invited Queen Elizabeth to deliver the Queen's Speech in mid October which, not-coincidentally, means parliament will be suspended for a month.

In his boldest move yet to take the country out of the European Union with or without a divorce deal, Johnson set Oct. 14 for the Queen's Speech - the formal state opening of a new session of parliament that is proceeded by a suspension of the House of Commons.

The queen agreed to the date, effectively shutting parliament from mid-September for around a month.

Asked if he was trying to block MPs from delaying Britain's EU departure, [Johnson] replied: "That is completely untrue."

Johnson denies that he did this to prevent parliament from stopping him, and yet my gut tells me members of Johnson's regime won't be able to keep their mouths shut in the coming days and weeks. Someone close to Johnson, if not Johnson himself, is going to reveal that he's using the Queen's Speech to his advantage.

This obviously brings the world one step closer to a hard brexit and closer to a global recession.

The British pound fell immediately after the news broke, of course.

  • Badgerite

    You would have thought, after 2008, they would have approached this with some caution. Apparently not.

  • Aynwrong

    As always, the right flouts every norm and tradition while lying about it with a shit eating grin on their faces while the left clings to it as if for dear life.

  • 1933john

    “There’ll Always Be an England”

  • Brace yourselves and start stuffing your mattress (with money, of course).

    • Draxiar

      I’ll have to move the bodies first…

      • muselet

        You keep bodies in your mattress? Doesn’t that make it awfully lumpy?


        • Draxiar

          I didn’t say I slept on it *wink*

  • muselet

    It remains to be seen what Parliament can do to thwart Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit fantasy—which would make the Underpants Gnomes facepalm in disbelief—before Halloween. The courts have already been dragged unwillingly into the fray, but court challenges take time and there’s not much of that left.

    I don’t pretend to be an expert on British politics, so I don’t know what’s legally permissible or what’s practically achievable. A vote of no confidence has been suggested (the inexcusable Jeremy Corbyn has said it would come “at some point,” which is vague to the point of meaninglessness), as has legislation to prevent Parliament from being suspended, but none of that solves anything because the Brexit clock is still ticking.

    Even John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, is less than pleased:

    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.”

    Boris Johnson said the Queen’s Speech would outline his “very exciting agenda.” Does anyone else find that thought ominous?


    • Brace yourselves in the US.
      The Brexit election came six months before the US election that installed Trump in the WH.
      Now BoJo has played the rules to get Parliament suspended so he can get his way; who wants to bet that once Trump finally realises what BoJo has done, that he’ll have everyone he can find searching everywhere to find a way he can suspend Congress in about six months?

      Corbyn is a weak-spined idiot. And he’s a Brexiter. The Labour party is anti-Brexit, but they’re being led (down the garden path imo) by Corbyn, The LibDems are completely untrustworthy; their ideas are great, but they’re too likely to form a coalition with whoever’s in power just to get some themselves. The greens are too small and have no power. And then there’s the Brexit Party itself (yep, there’s a political party over here that has as its only plank performing Brexit). It’s a madhouse.

      And yes, the Brexiters have no, and never did have any plan on what to do. They’re just Trumping it, by standing there stamping their feet and demanding that someone else come up with how to do what they want.

      • Christopher Foxx

        “standing there stamping their feet and demanding that someone else come up with how to do what they want”

        Up vote

        • Thanks, Christopher.

          I’m at the end of my patience with both the Brexiters and the US right-wingers. I have dual citizenship, but now I’m wishing my great-greats from Ireland and France were closer relatives.

          • Christopher Foxx

            Ow. You’d think dual citizenship would give someone options, a place to retreat to when one got too bad. But when both fail…

          • Yep. My thoughts exactly.

  • W-T-F, Queen?

    • muselet

      In fairness to Her Majesty, she would probably prefer not to prorogue Parliament, but she doesn’t have the authority to tell Boris Johnson to go pound sand. If the Johnson government wants to tap-dance in a minefield, she can’t stop it.


      • Interesting. Thanks.

        On the other hand, she may not have the authority, but she should have told him to get bent. 😉

        • Christopher Foxx

          Agreed. It’s people in positions of influence shrugging their shoulders and saying “Well, I guess I have to go along with this.” that’s adding to the troubles.

          Sure, the majority of the blame by far goes to the voters who put Trump and Johnson in office. But it’s those in positions of authority and influence that have made sure that stupidity was unopposed.

          Where’s a Joe Welch when you need him?