The British government has insisted before the Supreme Court of the country that the current compulsory break is lawful for Parliament. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to leave parliamentarians until 14 October was a political one, government attorney James Eadie said. Should the court intervene, it would violate the constitutional separation of powers.
The eleven judges of the Supreme Court must decide whether to follow the judgment of the London High Court, which was in the government's favor, or whether they agree with the highest Scottish court. The Edinburgh Court of Session had declared the five-week parliamentary resolution unlawful. Accordingly, Johnson abused the prorogation to push through his Brexit plan to pass Parliament.
Eadie rejected that Johnson wanted to leverage the Parliament with a view to the Brexit. The deputies had already passed laws against the will of the government and would still have time in the second half of October, he said. It is expected that the Supreme Court will meet again Thursday and announce a decision on Friday.
EU Parliament demonstrates unity
Boris Johnson wants to lead Britain from the EU at the end of October, if necessary without an agreement. However, a law passed by the lower house could force him to apply for a further shift beforehand. Without agreement with the EU, the withdrawal should therefore be postponed for another three months.
There is no progress in negotiating an exit agreement. The government of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls for a withdrawal of the so-called backstop for Northern Ireland. The scheme is intended to prevent the emergence of a hard border on the Irish island after Brexit.
The European Parliament rejects an unconditional postponement of the Brexit date and argues, inter alia, for maintaining the border regime for Ireland. 544 MPs voted for a resolution, 126 against. The vote took place following a plenary debate with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Juncker again warned against a chaotic Brexit without agreement.
Corbyn for second Brexit referendum
The British Labor Party announced a new Brexit referendum should it emerge from a possible early election. "Only a Labor government would end the Brexit crisis by returning the decision to the people," wrote party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the British Guardian . However, the party leader, considered to be an EU skeptic, left it open whether he would speak out in favor of a second referendum for or against staying in the EU.
"I promise, as a Labor Prime Minister, to carry out the will of the people for whatever it chooses," Corbyn added. Whether a new election is scheduled, however, is completely open.
Polish ambassador warns compatriots
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon criticized the opposition leader: "Staying neutral on Brexit is a shameful renunciation of leadership," she wrote on Twitter. Sturgeon himself announced that he would seek a second referendum on Scottish independence in the event of Brexit without agreement.
The Polish Ambassador in London called on Poles and Poles living in Great Britain to prepare for Brexit. They should consider returning to their homeland, or seeking a residence permit, he wrote in a letter to his compatriots, according to the BBC. So far, only 27 percent of Poles and Poles living in the UK have applied. In the UK last lived 832,000 people who were originally born in Poland, as the BBC reported, citing figures from the National Bureau of Statistics.