Boris Johnson: Will only the fall help in the end?
The British prime minister wants to suspend the parliament, but that does not want to be suspended. What remains for the MEPs to prevent the no-deal Brexit.
Some had clung to the hope that the Queen would judge it in the end. As head of state, she could theoretically refuse to grant the Prime Minister's request for a suspension of parliament. When Boris Johnson announced Wednesday morning his intention to send the legislature into a forced pause of almost five weeks in the midst of the Brexit crisis, the indignation among parliamentarians was so great that many EU supporters considered an intervention by the monarch possible: Elizabeth II would Oppose populist prime minister and keep democracy alive. But she does not.
The Queen did not even need time to think it over, she immediately agreed with Johnson's plan, so that Parliament would be returned on vacation just days after the autumn session began. Johnson's intent is obvious: if Parliament does not meet, it can not pass laws postponing the Brexit deadline or preventing the No Deal . It is a profoundly undemocratic maneuver that completely excludes the actual sovereign in the country from the Brexit process.
Nothing should be left unturned
Accordingly, lower house MPs and opposition leaders have announced tough resistance: nothing will be left unturned in order to thwart the government's plans and still eliminate the no-deal Brexit. But what options do Johnson's opponents have?
A group of more than 70 parliamentarians have been trying since last month to prevent the suspension of parliament by legal means. Led by Joanna Cherry, a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP), the team has filed a petition with a court in Edinburgh. They demand that a prorogation of parliament - that is, what Johnson did on Wednesday - be declared "both unlawful and unconstitutional". Actually, a hearing had been scheduled on September 6, now Cherry wants to speed up the process. She may be appearing in court on Friday. However, it is uncertain how high the chances of success of the legal remedy are.
At the same time, opposition politicians are trying to stop the prime minister by legislative means - they are now preparing to prevent both the suspension of the parliament and the impending no-deal . Earlier this week, Jeremy Corbyn and the leaders of various pro-European parties, including the Liberal Democrats and the Greens, agreed on the strategy of preventing the unregulated exit of the EU not through forced new elections but through legislation. Already next week, the Brexit opponents will probably try to gain control of the timetable in the lower house.