Posts Tagged ‘House of Lords’

Scottish court rules prorogation of parliament is unlawful – video

Scottish appeal court judges have declared the prime minister’s decision to suspend parliament for five weeks in the run-up to the Brexit deadline to be unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the power to interfere in Boris Johnson’s move to prorogue parliament

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With parliament out of the picture, what happens next? | Catherine Haddon

Government threats to defy the law on Brexit could force a legal showdown that puts the constitution under huge strain

Parliament is now suspended for five weeks, and the outcome of Brexit is as uncertain as ever. The deadlock means we are almost certainly heading for a general election, but the route towards one offers only stark options for both government and opposition – and risks putting severe strain on our constitution.

Parliament has spoken unambiguously on its opposition to a no-deal Brexit by passing a new law mandating an extension. However, Boris Johnson has repeatedly insisted that he will not ask to delay Brexit beyond 31 October. At the same time, he has also said he will adhere to the law. This is an obvious contradiction.

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UK parliament’s prorogation: all your questions answered

Government shuts down parliament for total of weeks as Brexit deadline nears

Prorogation is a formal mechanism to end a session of parliament. It means parliament’s sitting is suspended and it ends all current legislation under discussion. It is usual for this to happen every autumn. The current parliamentary session, which began in June 2017, is the longest in almost 400 years.

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Lords pass bill preventing no-deal Brexit on 31 October – video

The Benn bill, intended to prevent a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, has been approved by the House of Lords. It passed the upper house without being amended, which means it does not have to go back to the House of Commons. It will become law within days once it gets the formality of royal assent

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Brexit: Boris Johnson gives speech after brother Jo quits citing ‘national interest’– live news

PM’s brother cites ‘unresolvable tension’ between ‘family loyalty and the national interest’ as he announces he will resign as MP and minister

Q: Are you planning an all-Ireland regime for agri-foods?

Johnson says there is the germ of a solution to the backstop problem in the late Ian Paisley comment about the Northern Irish being British, but their cattle being Irish.

Q: When are you going to have an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative party, as you promised in the BBC TV debate?

Johnson says he will have an inquiry into all kinds of racism in the party. He does not say when it will start.

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Johnson to hold new vote on snap election, as brother quits over Brexit strategy

Embattled UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make one final attempt next Monday (9 September) to set a general election for 15 October as it became increasingly unlikely that the country would ask the EU to stay in the bloc beyond the 31 October deadline.

Brexit: House of Lords rejects filibuster of bill to prevent no deal – video

Parliament moves closer to successfully blocking a no-deal Brexit, with peers voting to get the Benn bill back to the House of Commons by Friday afternoon

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