The Queen Dismisses Parliament in Brexit Standoff 🇬🇧

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At the request of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Queen Elizabeth II officially ordered a five-week suspension of Parliament that will end on October 14th. Johnson has denied that the dismissal of Parliament has anything to do with his Brexit plans.

The (Br)exit is over there

Brexit is scheduled to happen on October 31st, on which Johnson promised the departure of Britain from the European Union – deal or no-deal. A majority of Parliament oppose no-deal, but they will have only a few days upon their return to prevent a break from the EU. 


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Those who support Brexit view the Queen's decision as "Britain's final constitutional backstop." They argue that the British people voted to leave the EU three years ago. Coverage also questions the competency of Parliament, in that it voted for Article 50, which announced intent to leave the bloc, but it proceeded to reject three deals with the EU. 


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Those who are against Brexit, especially a no-deal Brexit, argue that the PM and Queen's move is undemocratic and potentially unconstitutional. Their options moving forward include "the possibility of passing legislation and a vote of no confidence." Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon notes that forcing Brexit may cause "untold and lasting damage to the country."

Where's the common ground?

There isn't much common ground, but both sides agree that little can be done before the Queen’s Speech in October, which typically marks the start of a new session of Parliament.  

A visualization of Brexit rn:



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