Saturday, September 28, 2019

Supreme Court Blow to Boris Johnson

[Note: Judges are said to be given the nickname beaks, in case you didn’t know. During the bubonic plague – referred to as The Black Death – in 1348, judges visiting prisons used to wear masks (left), stuffed with herbs or spices thought to ward off the plague. And they resembled beaks. 

Often referred to as "going before the beak" as they were never seen without it].

UK’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Prime Minister's decision to prorogue parliament just weeks away from the final Brexit deadline was illegal. 

Its president Lady Hale (right) said the unanimous decision of the 11 justices meant "the prime minister's advice to Her Majesty was unlawful, void and of no effect" when he asked the Queen to suspend Parliament. Meaning, the Boris Johnson decision essentially never happened at all. 

She made clear the court wasn't ruling on Brexit – but that it was about the decision which "had the effect of frustrating or preventing" Parliament from carrying out its functions. 

The UK's Supreme Court is just 10 years old, and the courts have, historically, not intervened in politics to this extent.

The government's lawyer had told the judges that their interference would be "forbidden territory" and warned them they would be walking into an "ill-defined minefield". 

Still, the Supreme Court decided against the government. 

The court said it was up to the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, and his counterpart in the House of Lords to decide what happened next – and they decided that both houses would reconvene on Wednesday. And they did.

Johnson (right) is unrepentant. He continues to assert: “What I worry about is if we don't get Brexit done, then people will feel very badly let down – and that's why we've gotta bash on and get it done on October 31. It's only by getting Brexit done that you'll lance the boil...of the current anxiety”. 

I expect him to fight on. And I’m sure he has a trick or two up his sleeve. He’s a sneaky fellow.

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