Britain’s system is apparently working and Britain has apparently avoided another Civil War for now.
From VOA News:
“Britain’s Supreme Court Rules Suspension of Parliament Unlawful
By VOANews September 24, 2019 06:50 AM
Updated Date Tue, 09/24/2019 – 09:03
Britain’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament for five weeks was unlawful and is “void and of no effect.”
The court said in explaining the unanimous decision that Johnson’s prevented parliament from carrying out its role of “holding the government to account.”
It highlighted the special nature of the timing of the suspension, which was to last for five of the eight weeks that remained before the deadline for Britain to exit the European Union.
“This prolonged suspension of Parliamentary democracy took place in quite exceptional circumstances: the fundamental change which was due to take place in the Constitution of the United Kingdom on 31st October,” the court said. “Parliament, and in particular the House of Commons as the elected representatives of the people, has a right to a voice in how that change comes about. The effect upon the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme.”
Parliament was due to be out until mid-October under the suspension, but the court ruling Tuesday said leaders can “take immediate steps” to return “as soon as possible.”
Johnson said respected the Supreme Court decision but didn’t agree with it.
The prime minister has pledged to carry out Brexit whether or not Britain has an agreement in place on the terms of its divorce from the EU.
Shortly before he suspended parliament, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth gave her approval to legislation seeking to block Johnson from going through with the split if there is no agreement.
Johnson came to power after former Prime Minister Theresa May failed three times to get the House of Commons to approve the deal she negotiated with the EU. European leaders have shown no sign of wanting to open those negotiations again.” https://www.voanews.com/europe/britains-supreme-court-rules-suspension-parliament-unlawful
From VOA News:
“British PM Johnson Fights for Political Survival After Supreme Court Blow By Henry Ridgwell September 25, 2019 04:14 AM
Updated Date Wed, 09/25/2019 – 22:50
LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is fighting for his political survival following a ruling from Britain’s Supreme Court Tuesday that his decision to suspend Parliament earlier this month was unlawful.
British lawmakers returned to Parliament Wednesday after the ruling, as calls grow for Johnson’s resignation. Britain is still due to leave the European Union Oct. 31, although that so-called Brexit process has now been thrown into further doubt. The 11 Supreme Court judges ruled unanimously against Johnson, a decision they described as “a judgment on the boundaries of government power.” “The decision to advise her majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful, because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification,” Brenda Hale, head of the Supreme Court, said Tuesday morning.
The Supreme Court’s decision that Johnson acted illegally in advising the queen to suspend Parliament is a political earthquake that has shaken the pillars of British democracy.
Meeting U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York Tuesday, Johnson remained defiant.
“We respect the judiciary in our country. We respect the court. I disagree profoundly with what they had to say. And frankly, I think we need to get on with Brexit,” Johnson said.
Trump offered words of support.
President Donald Trump meets with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in New York.
“The results will start to show in November. But it looks to me like he is making great progress,” Trump told reporters in New York.
Johnson is due back in London on Wednesday. So are British lawmakers who will return to Parliament Wednesday morning, ready to resume battle with the government.
Opposition party leaders have called for Johnson to step down.
“There’s been some suggestion Johnson should resign. He has lied to the queen, and could there be a greater offense of the prime minister than that? I don’t think he will resign. He doesn’t strike me as the resigning type. So, I think we are talking about a vote of no confidence, and I would be surprised if there wasn’t one in the coming weeks,” said David Henig, an analyst at the European Center for International Political Economy.
Such a vote of no confidence could force a general election, something that Johnson’s Conservatives also want.
“The Conservatives are ahead in the polls. If they run a good campaign, there’s no reason why they couldn’t strengthen their position. And potentially many of the MPs on their own side who have caused problems in the last few years wouldn’t be around in the new Parliament,” said Henig.
Further court battles may lie ahead. Johnson says he will refuse to ask the EU for a Brexit extension, despite legislation mandating him to do so if they can’t agree to a deal. However, any backsliding on Brexit would likely see the Conservatives lose votes to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.” https://www.voanews.com/europe/british-pm-johnson-fights-political-survival-after-supreme-court-blow