Opponents of a Brexit bargain have simply reincarnated on a grand.
Boris Johnson, prompting the queen to order a five-week suspension of parliament, means that his critics have far less time than they think will prevent Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal on October 31st.
Previously, their preferred option today was to pass a law requiring the government to seek an extension of Brexit and hold a second referendum if negotiations with the EU fail to lead to
This may force them to revert back to Plan B – a no-confidence motion against the government. The problem is that in order to succeed, they need Conservative MPs to vote against their own party, which would always be a tall order.
In any case, a new session of Parliament with the traditional State will open on October 14th Opening Parliament and Queen's Speech as the Monarch reads a text written by Downing Street that sets out the legislative priorities of the government. This is usually followed by a few days of parliamentary debate. And although Johnson has so far been pleased to violate the norms of British political life, it is a tradition that will suit him well.
The EU Council Summit is to be held on 17 and 18 October. If Johnson returns from this event, which concludes a new Brexit deal, he hopes to push it through Parliament in the two weeks remaining until Brexit Day. And after this? Quick general elections driving the wave of Brexit triumph to bolster your credibility?
But if negotiations with the EU fail and Johnson paves the way for non-regulation, things can look very different. The problem for his opponents is that until now their maneuvering will be severely restricted.
Even if they manage to get enough support to get a no-confidence vote, UK law sets a two-week window for a new government to be formed, or a general parliamentary election. In the meantime, the Brexit countdown clock will continue to tick.
Brexit opponents already blame Johnson's machinations as constitutional outrage and plan parliamentary deliberation next week.
Johnson, however, seems very pleased with himself, pointing out that Parliament will sit in front of Brexit and the whole affair is perfectly in order, given that his predecessor Teresa May had allowed the previous Parliament session to [19659002Whateverhappensit'sclearthatnextweekisreallygoingtobeveryuneven-andasalwayswithBrexitonlythefastestspeederswilltrytopredicttheoutcomewithanydegreeofcertaintyIt'stimetodeal