A Scottish court has declared Boris Johnson's compulsory break for Parliament illegal. Meanwhile, the government has published internal papers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
- The Brexit deadline is 31 October 2019.
- Boris Johnson does not want to postpone the exit date, but his opponents want to prevent a hard Brexit without an agreement with the EU.
- The House of Commons once again rejected an early election in the UK.
- Johnson has managed to force Parliament into a forced break.
- The highest court in Scotland declared the forced break illegal.
Update from September 13, 9:30 am: After House Speaker John Bercow announced his imminent resignation, he received a wave of sympathy. Time and again he has tried to calm down the Brexit debate with his characteristic "order" calls. He is still in office until the end of October and has one main goal: to prevent a no-deal Brexit by using all possible means.
Again Guardian Bercow is reported to be ready to exhaust the parliamentary framework completely in order to prevent a non-parliamentary no-deal exit and to prevent Johnson from circumventing the no-deal law – despite the time running away.
"Let me make one thing clear: the only form of Brexit we will have, whenever we have it, will be a Brexit, which the lower house has expressly approved," Bercow says Guardian, These clear words are also a threat to Boris Johnson, who should now encounter even more headwinds.
Update 2 pm: On Wednesday, the highest court in Scotland declared the compulsory break, which Boris Johnson imposed on Parliament, as inadmissible. If the UK Supreme Court came to the same conclusion, Johnson would have presented the Queen with unlawful documents for signature.
In a video interview of the station Sky news The Prime Minister argued that he had been dishonest. When asked if he lied to the Queen, Johnson replied, "Absolutely not." The Supreme Court, the Supreme Court, has to decide on the matter.
Johnson is accused of compulsory retirement from parliament so Brexit can not be dragged further out. As things stand, Britain is expected to leave the European Union on 31 October.
The PM also said it was important for him to focus on national issues within the country. Recently, Parliament has only dealt with Brexit. Johnson also said that Parliament would have plenty of time to discuss a Brexit deal before and after October 31st. And even if it does not come to a deal, "we'll be ready," said Johnson in the video of Sky news,
No-deal-Brexit: Internal papers popped up – opposition calls for end of compulsory break
Update 12.32 clock: Following the publication of British government documents on the potentially dramatic consequences of leaving the EU without agreement, the opposition has called for the suspension of parliamentary leave. "The documents confirm the serious risks of a Brexit without agreement," Labor Party Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said Thursday. Pro-European Liberal Democrat spokesman Tom Brake said the documents showed only the "tip of the iceberg".
The British government had had to disclose its documents on the possible consequences of leaving the EU without agreement under pressure from Parliament. Even the government of Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson concludes that the consequences would be dramatic: congestion at the ports of the Channel could therefore lead to bottlenecks in the supply of medicines and food, threatening "unrest" in the population.
The British preparations for the consequences of an EU exit without agreements are "at a low level," it said. The documents dated 2 August warn that as many as 85 percent of British trucks may not be adequately prepared for French border controls on the English Channel. Therefore, the dispatch rate could fall by 40 to 60 percent. This will have consequences for the supply of medicines and medical devices.
Accordingly, Gibraltar could be particularly hard hit, where controls threaten on the border with Spain. In the British waters threatened dispute with European fishermen. The biggest bone of contention between London and Brussels – the future of the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the EU member Ireland – states in the document: plans that do not foresee any return to customs controls are "not viable".
No-deal-Brexit: Internal papers warn of chaos – medicines could be scarce
Update from September 12, 6:30 pm: Under pressure from Parliament, the British government released a number of internal papers on Wednesday evening in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The so-called "Yellowhammer" documents leaked to the press last month. According to "Sunday Times" journalist Rosamund Urwin, however, the title has been changed. The documents had been leaked to her. Instead of "basic scenario" it now says "planning assumptions for the worst case". The change in the title seemed to confirm opposition presumptions that the government is downplaying the potential consequences of an unregulated exit from the EU. Operation Yellowhammer (Goldammer) is the code name for the no-deal planning of the British government.
The six-page document warns, among other things, about protests and public order disruptions that would require a "significant amount" of police forces. In addition, long waiting times in the English Channel could lead to supply bottlenecks for medicines. As a result, diseases could break out in animals that could also affect human health. Certain foods may also be scarce, according to the document, made worse by buying hamsters. Parts of the country could also be fuel shortages.
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Johnson's Debacle Next: Court Holds Parliament Forced Breach for "Illegal"
News of September 11, 2019: A Scottish Court of Appeals has declared unlawful the British Parliament's compulsory break imposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The British news agency PA reported on Wednesday from the courtroom.
Loud BBC The decision annulled the court's earlier decision that Johnson had not violated the law last week. Summing up their findings, the judges of the session court said that parliament's suspension was motivated by a desire to "hamper" Parliament. And further "The Court will accordingly issue a resolution declaring that the Prime Minister's advice to the Queen and the subsequent agreement is unlawful and therefore ineffective." The court ruling will not affect the current compulsory break.
About 75 parliamentarians had sued. They see Johnson's closure of the House of Commons for weeks before the country's October 31st exit from the EU as an inadmissible restriction on Parliament. Similar lawsuits were filed before courts in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and London.
An action in the first instance before the Court of Session in Scotland had initially failed. The High Court in London had initially dismissed a similar action. A final decision should now be taken by the UK Supreme Court.
The parliamentary resolution had taken effect on the night of Tuesday, at the ceremony, there had been tumultuous scenes in the lower house. Members of the opposition raised protest marks with the inscription "Silenced" and chanted "shame on you" in the direction of the government faction. Parliament President John Bercow spoke of an "act of executive empowerment". Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Johnson of closing parliament to avoid being held accountable. The deputies should meet only on 14 October again.
1:45 pm: Britain must also be represented with a Commissioner in the event of a Brexit shift in the new EU Commission. This would see the rules of the EU Treaty, said the future European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday in Brussels. Now we have to wait and see what happens in Great Britain until the entry into office of its European Commission on 1 November. If there is a British Commissioner, he will also get a department in the Commission.
Von der Leyen presented on Tuesday the division of tasks in the new commission with 27 members without British representatives. The United Kingdom is leaving the EU as of 31 October.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants Brexit without an agreement with the EU. However, the British parliament has passed a law that excludes a so-called no-deal-Brexit and provides for a three-month postponement of the withdrawal without agreement on an exit agreement.
If it comes to Brexit, this will "not be the end of something, but the beginning of a future relationship," said von der Leyen on. She appointed the Irishman Phil Hogan as Trade Commissioner whose country would be particularly affected by Brexit. He would also have to negotiate a trade agreement with London following an EU exit from the UK.
Brexit: Johnson is in an almost hopeless position – "Better to lie dead in a ditch"
10.02 clock: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has maneuvered himself into an almost hopeless situation with his uncompromising course. The Brexit without agreement has been blocked by parliament by law. The opposition has also nullified Johnson's plans for a new election. Real negotiations with Brussels have so far not existed. Nonetheless, Johnson "wants to be dead in a ditch" rather than bow to the recently passed bill for a no-deal and request an extension to the Brexit deadline expiring on October 31st. Which options does he have left?
Johnson and Brexit: These options are still there
Time and again it was speculated whether the prime minister opposed the law just ignore the no-deal brexit or try to find a loophole. But the no-deal opponents have already threatened to settle the dispute in court.
Not to break his promise to lead the UK out of the EU on October 31, Johnson could as well resign as prime minister, It would be questionable who would then be commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II with the formation of a government. Johnson Conservatives could no longer claim to have a majority in the lower house. Nevertheless, they would continue to be the strongest faction. However, if the opposition agrees on opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn or another candidate, there could be a change of government. Johnson would have to insist that it soon comes to the election.
Boris Johnson could try but still to find an agreement with the EU, In the short time, hardly any major changes would be possible. But one variation was already on the table: The UK hated guarantee clause for an open border between the British Northern Ireland and the EU member Ireland (backstop) could be limited to Northern Ireland.
Brexit: Will the EU withdrawal be postponed for three months?
The British Prime Minister could also try to provoke a rejection of the Brexit shift by the EU, The no-deal opponents have already taken precautions in their law against unregulated Brexit. For example, it specifies the exact wording of the letter that the PM should write to EU Council President Donald Tusk. The duration of the extension is set at three months, but if the EU proposes a different period, the government could only oppose it with the consent of the Parliament.
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