As the deadline for the UK’s long-awaited EU departure approaches, Brexit hit another snag when new PM Boris Johnson announced Parliament suspension. What could it mean for the deal, and subsequently, the economy?
After several extensions gained by the former prime minister Theresa May regarding Brexit, the deadline was set to October 31st. It soon became clear that the majority of both House of Commons and House of Lords would most likely block the deal, so Johnson took action. With the blessing given by the Queen herself, the Parliament’s absence in the Brexit decision could take a turn for the worse.
Furthermore, the suspension also gives less time for legislators to debate and try to stop a no-deal Brexit, which is the most likely solution. The addition to the already complicated situation is Johnson’s request for an unusually long Parliament suspension, especially considering the essence and the urgency of the Brexit issue.
On the other hand, the opponents of the no-deal are working harder and faster to block it, which would force Johnson to go back to Brussels and ask for another extension of the deadline. Also, there is a fair number of supporters who consider the entire process has dragged on long enough and would stand by any deal that results in the UK’s detachment from the European Union.
Protesters from all around the country are speaking out and showing their outrage regarding the decision about the Parliament shut down, but the disapproval is also evident within the Parliament itself. From undermining the basic democratic values to pushing personal agendas, Lords and Commoners are making the Parliament shake from the inside with their takes on this matter.
Considering that this session has run quite long, the pressure of making a decision is that much more intense. The PM’s intentions so far prove that the key to his political stand is a “do or die” Brexit – meaning, Johnson is determined to meet the October 31st deadline no matter what it takes. The Parliament’s sessions usually last a year, but the current one has been running for over two years – since June 2017. During the shutdown, otherwise known as prorogation – all the debates and voting are suspended, and the laws waiting to pass through most commonly meet a bitter end. According to Johnson’s plan, this would be the longest Parliament shutdown of 23 working days, if not longer.