British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said time and time again that he wants to leave the European Union on October 31, with or without a deal. Johnson’s plan is unpopular in the House of Commons, an adversity he is determined to overcome. To prove this point, Johnson exercised his right to ask the Queen for a prorogation. Proroguing Parliament means that work halts, and all MPs are sent home. No votes are taken and no work is conducted, but the MPs all maintain their positions, and no elections are held. Usually, Parliament is prorogued one a year to allow time for them to work on the Queen’s Speech, their statement about the government’s plan for the upcoming year. For a prorogation to commence, the Prime Minister must get approval from the Queen. This particular prorogation was set to last from September 10 until October 13, increasing difficulties for any preparations for a no-deal Brexit to be made. For this reason, the prorogation has come under fire as being unlawful, and Boris Johnson had to defend his decision in the United Kingdom Supreme Court in London the week of September 19th and lost the case. Parliament has reconvened; however, in the few days since this event, there has been little action in regards to Brexit.
By Eliana Sauer