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UK government asks Queen to suspend Parliament

Not so, the report says. While food supplies would remain relatively robust, there could be shortages of some elements of the supply chain, reducing the availability and choice of food options. Within a day of a no-deal Brexit, truck traffic across the English Channel could be reduced by 40 percent to 60 percent, according to the document, because of new mandatory controls in France.

Trucks crossing the English Channel from Dover to France could face waits of up to two-and-a-half days, and it could take three months to work out new procedures to ease the delays. The delays would not just inconvenience those attempting to cross the border, they could have a trickle-down impact across the southeast of England.

The adult social care market is also at risk, the report says, because of an expected burst of inflation that could stretch the finances of the providers of elder care. The document raises concerns of civil unrest.

But in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the report states, border checks would have to be established to enforce European tariffs and regulatory requirements for goods entering the Republic of Ireland, creating huge disruptions to trade and possibly leading to social unrest. Had the prime minister prorogued parliament until 1 November, that would have been a constitutional outrage, and I would have been the first to call it out. If Jeremy Corbyn wants to stop a no-deal Brexit, he has to follow a simple course of action. On Tuesday, he calls a vote of no confidence in the government, and on Wednesday he tries to win that vote.

Autumn finds us on the brink of the biggest constitutional change for more than 40 years. Yet a government without a working majority, led by a PM without a public mandate, seeks the longest adjournment for 70 years. To me this is the latest, most dangerous, manifestation of a rolling coup parliamentarians have been battling since From the outset, Theresa May sought for powers to be returned to and exercised by the executive, not parliament.

She had to be forced by the courts to accept that MPs should have any voice in the decision to trigger article When detailed legislative changes were required, sweeping and unfettered powers for ministers were proposed. Almost every request for papers to be published or information shared was rejected and fought.

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The approach to government defeats in the Commons — once a matter of concern or at least embarrassment — became quite cavalier. In Opposition day debates the government stopped voting to defend their policies on any but rare occasions - usually when they thought that they might win. Concern was expressed even in the Conservative party, at this unprecedented but ingenious way of making the expressed view of the House of Commons nugatory, or meaningless, in its effect.

When final proposals were known, debate and decision on them was delayed, week on week, month on month, blaming those who it was feared might not support the government. Then, when the government could delay no longer and it went down to the biggest defeat in our parliamentary history on its flagship policy, even this defeat was just ignored, and the government pressed on regardless. The parliament to which we were told sovereignty was being restored has been steadily sidelined, ignored and has now been silenced.

Dangerous precedents are being set. An unelected prime minister is attempting to prevent parliament from meeting because it might disagree with him.

British Government Goes Rogue - WSJ

His aim is to drive through Brexit — deal or no deal — by an arbitrary date in late October. In doing so, he hopes to solidify a huge parliamentary majority in a snap election marked by a rightwing populist campaign demonising foreigners and what he will decry as the political elite.

Huge waits at border crossings.

Naturally, there is little to no public support for this agenda, and no majority for it in parliament. So Johnson does not want to allow either the public or MPs to vote on it until it is too late. Parliament has not been completely shut down. The press is still free.

Westminster shutdown: is Britain facing a coup?

But not all coups come with tanks and internet shutdowns. Yes, we have our civil rights — but try telling that to the millions of migrants who face a future of uncertainty, and even deportation, if the government goes ahead with abruptly ending free movement.

The executive is waging war on the legislature, and it might win if we do not mobilise to stop it. This government is not going to be persuaded by strength of argument. It must be forced to reverse course. Hopefully, the opposition parties will win this week in the Commons, but as citizens we must understand that we cannot rely on parliamentary process, or the judiciary. The little democracy we have was fought for, bled for, by mass movements which stretched the boundaries of legitimate dissent. If protest movements are not willing to disrupt, they are toothless.

Britain’s Political Chaos Shows Everything Is Okay

The suspension of parliament is not some maverick act of hubris. The shutting down of democracy, the attacks on rights, the absurd claim to represent the people while denying them agency — these are the essence of the Brexit project. Brexit is not the end — it is a tool to entrench power and privilege, to divide working people against each other, and aggrandise the sociopaths who fronted the Leave campaign and now occupy No This absurd, dangerous moment is the natural conclusion of Brexit.

This is its true meaning. We are witnessing the growth of a huge movement in defence of democracy. Join us at stopthecoup.

Robert Saunders

But is this outrage justified? Make no mistake, to prorogue like this is far from normal. Yes, a short prorogation usually a few days happens routinely between one annual parliamentary session and the next. But this five-week prorogation is the longest since It has also been triggered in the midst of a political crisis, with the clock ticking down to 31 October. Indeed, Johnson has faced just one day of parliamentary scrutiny since becoming PM.

By 14 October, when MPs are set to return, fewer than three weeks would remain until the Brexit deadline.


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No 10 insists that parliament was already due to break up for weeks for the party conferences. But this is disingenuous, for two reasons. First, it had not yet been decided.