Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not ruled out a resumption of parliamentary suspension. On the repeated question of a BBC journalist, if he would close the lower house a second time, Johnson defended only his decision. Parliament will have plenty of time at the end of October to discuss Brexit, the head of government said in an interview with the broadcaster.
The UK Supreme Court intends to make a decision this morning on the compulsory break of Parliament imposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The judges must clarify whether the prime minister violated the law when he obtained a five-week parliamentary break with Queen Elizabeth II. The opposition accuses him of suspending MEPs in order to carry out his Brexit course without Parliament's involvement.
At the three-day hearing before the Supreme Court last week, plaintiff attorney Lord David Pannick had demanded that MPs "meet again as soon as possible". Government Attorney Lord Richard Keen warned the court against such a decision. It is "forbidden terrain" for the jurisdiction.
Should Johnson lose, resignation claims are likely. The British Guardian reported that Johnson had hinted that he saw no reason to resign in a court decision against him. "I'll wait and see what the judges decide," Johnson told the newspaper. But as he said, there are good reasons for the closure of Parliament.
Johnson threatens to lead his country out of the EU on 31 October without any agreement, should the remaining member states fail to agree to his demands for changes to the withdrawal agreement. So far, the EU rejects that, as long as London provides no actionable proposals for it. On 17 and 18 October, EU leaders will meet for a summit in Brussels.