As we march towards the Brexit deadline, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decided to play his hand and take an unprecedented step by attempting to suspend parliament for five weeks. Much like in football when a team holds the ball close to the corner flag, Boris Johnson is simply running down the clock. By muzzling Parliament, he is either confident that the opposition is weak enough not to oust him and form a replacement government, or if they do, he will play the role of the conductor, championing the will of the people in the ensuing general election.
While proroguing parliament until 14th October shows shades of despotism, it also sends a message to the EU to either accept his deal or progress to a no-deal divorce. In the meantime, the opposition will have to come up with an effective strategy to stop Boris’s plan. It’s now close to two and half years since Article 50 was triggered and next week looks like the only opportunity to challenge a No-Deal Brexit.
Read what the team at FE consider to be significant over the current week.