In the latest Brexit drama, the High Court of Scotland unanimously agrees the suspension of Parliament is deemed unlawful after the case was moved from the lower courts of Scotland when the judge ruled the decision is left to the politicians and voters.
However, the rule was over overruled in the Scottish appeal courts, therefore, the Supreme Court will have the final say. As a result, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has been accused of lying to the Queen about the suspension of Parliament which he denied.
Kwasi Kwarteng, a business minister and a Brexiteer, faced criticism for accusing the Scottish judges of being biased and apparently many people have the same views. The Prime Minister defended the independence of the Courts and praised the courts as being “one of the great glories of our constitution.”
Nonetheless, critics of the parliament suspension are accusing the government of failing to allow enough time to debate about Brexit before the deadline on 31st October 2019. However, with a no-deal seeming ever more likely, there is a possibility that the deadline will be extended to 31st January 2020.
Even after Johnson threatened to remove the whip and possibly deselect them any Tory rebels, 21 Tory members voted against the government no-deal Brexit which faced heavy criticism. The grandson of Winston Churchill, MP Sir Nicholas Soames’ whip was removed.
Moreover, Johnson failed to secure a snap election in Parliament after losing the slim majority when Bracknell MP Phillip Lee joined the Liberal Democrats. One of the reasons why he failed is new MPs will not be able to have the time to delve into Brexit negotiation and the prospects of another referendum are ever more likely.
Johnson is taking a more stubborn stand towards Brexit after his predecessor failed to make a deal with the deadline fast approaching.