Thursday, August 29, 2019

Brexiteers - Buccaneers?

Prorogation is the formal term for the end of a current parliamentary session. Parliament is normally suspended — or prorogued — for a short period before the next session begins. This is formally carried out by the queen, who acts on the advice of the prime minister. Once the Commons has been prorogued, all motions that have not been addressed, or bills that have not been passed, don't go any further. This is not the same as "dissolving" Parliament, which happens before a general election. Could the queen have refused to prorogue Parliament? Technically, yes, constitutionally no. Under Britain's parliamentary democracy, the queen acts on the advice of her prime minister. That means that decisions over when Parliament sits are decided by the government, and merely rubber-stamped by the Queen.

Take back control" was one of the popular slogans of the Brexiteers. Voters in the 2016 referendum couldn't have realised it would mean presenting Boris Johnson, an unelected prime minister, with absolute power to determine the fate of the UK, on his own and his cohort who he selected and appointed, all interested in power for themselves. To them, democratic procedures and controls are processes to be shed when inconvenient. Johnson is a power-hungry opportunist and a proven liar. He makes a fine companion to other leaders like, Trump, Bolsonaro, Putin, Orban, Modi and others.

 Many Brexiteers don’t seem to realise that they being used by those business interests who wanted to escape completely from EU regulation so to align more closely with US regulatory conditions. 

Regardless of the constitutional controversy of Johnson's manipulation of parliamentary rules, the Socialist Party still maintains that the whole issue is one that does not concern the working class. 

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