Unterhaus rebels against compulsory rupture «DiePresse.com 2

Unterhaus rebels against compulsory rupture «DiePresse.com

London. With the suspension of the British House of Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to prevent recent attempts to avoid a difficult Brexit. He asked Queen Elizabeth for permission to sit in Parliament from September 10 to October 14, said Johnson yesterday Wednesday in London. While critics such as Parliament Speaker John Bercow have spoken of a "constitutional scandal", Johnson said it was "totally wrong" to want to give his opponents the time to To act on his career at Brexit. "There will be more than enough opportunities for debate," he said.

Johnson justified his actions in a letter to the 650 MPs by exaggerating the current session of the House of Commons and the need to "move the country forward with our new plans" after the reshuffle of the government in July. The British Parliament is usually elected for a five-year term divided into annual sessions. At the beginning of each parliamentary year, the Queen presents the government's plans for the next twelve months. The last speech of the Queen took place on June 21, 2017.

The opposition is in agreement against the No Deal

Between the end of a day and the beginning of the next part of the session, Parliament is on leave (prorogation). These are usually a few days when nothing happens. Johnson, on the other hand, sends his MPs home for six weeks at the height of the biggest domestic crisis of the post-war period. As the queen is officially the head of state, she actually acts "in accordance with the recommendations of the Prime Minister," she submitted at the request of Johnson Wednesday afternoon.

The Prime Minister's decision followed an agreement reached the day before by all opposition parties to prevent a Brexit from not negotiating "in all circumstances" with new legal initiatives. The country, led by Johnson, is speeding up quickly as the EU Prime Minister calls for changes to the deal. Even warning his own administration that a hard Brexit would have catastrophic consequences for the UK, Johnson had already been wiped out by taking office as "petty everyday prophecies".

With the forced leave, Johnson leaves his opponents only a few days to stop him. Parliament will return from summer holidays next Tuesday. On Wednesday, Chancellor Sajid Javid will dominate the agenda with an overview of the budget and, with a conservative delay tactic, the debate can easily be extended. The following week, Johnson sends the House of Commons on forced leave and September 12 begins the fall feast. After that, on October 14, the Queen will present the government's agenda for next year: "We need new initiatives," said Johnson. Its environment requires more money for health, crime and investment in education and infrastructure.

These are topics with which you are also preparing for a campaign. The subject of Brexit, on the other hand, takes second place. The last chance, however minimal, of a new agreement between London and Brussels would be the EU summit of 17 October. According to him, the period for a debate and a referendum to the lower house that Johnson would call "more than enough" would be before the exit of the EU on October 31. The question of whether there will be a new agreement in this regard seems very uncertain. The EU is "deeply suspicious" of the events in London and "will never change position," an unnamed top diplomat yesterday told the BBC. It is above all the so-called safeguard clause, which is to ensure that the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after the Brexit remains open in all circumstances: Johnson wants to reverse the guarantee, for the EU it applies (or a similar rule)) as a condition sine qua non.

Brussels official was not impressed by the events that occurred Wednesday in London. This is not a surprise given the unwritten rule that EU institutions do not comment on the internal policies of EU member states. "We will not speculate on what this means for the subsequent parliamentary procedure," said a spokeswoman for the European Commission. That must answer to Britain.

"This government will reverse"

With his thrust, Johnson strives to give the action book this is not uncontrollable. However, he could have covered the bow. Even moderate conservatives yesterday outraged their determination to overthrow their own government. Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve said: "This government will reverse." Former Chancellor Philip Hammond called this approach "completely undemocratic". In the 2016 referendum campaign, one of the main arguments put forward by Brexit supporters, such as Johnson, was that Parliament should become the final decision-making body of the British. His first concrete act as Prime Minister is now to eliminate this Parliament.

From one eyebolt

United Kingdom and Gibraltar European Union referendum of accession. In June 2016, 52% of Britons voted in favor of Brexit. The exit negotiations began in March 2017. The Brexit date initially set for March 29, 2019 could not be maintained because there was no agreement on the Brexit agreement. .

("Die Presse", printed edition, 29.08.2019)