Will Boris Johnson extend the next parliamentary session?
On December 4, 2008, fearing being overthrown by the three opposition parties in Ottawa, Conservative Prime Minister and Prime Minister Stephen Harper asked Governor General Michaëlle Jean to extend the parliamentary session , which was granted. Immediately, the work stopped and the parliament was closed until January 26, 2009.
Cis roughly the time it would take for the new Conservative Party leader and new UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, once the summer break is over, to ensure his survival at Westminster until October 31, release date of his country of the European Union (EU). It would not be surprising if he used the same tactics as Harper to avoid being overthrown because of his will to go out of the EU at any cost, with or without agreement. What exceptional motive could he invoke? He could argue that the will of the British people expressed in favor of “Brexit” runs a great risk of being disrespected if the parliament remains open, because many opposition MPs and recalcitrant Conservatives want a new referendum, and they could maneuver behind the scenes to come to an end.
If the EU is willing, there is nothing to prevent Boris Johnson from negotiating with her all the time of the prorogation and from reviewing the articles of the agreement with Theresa May that are the most boring for the Brexiters, articles that leave too many links between the two entities. If, by a miracle, Johnson gets a new deal, MPs could be summoned to the House on October 30, just enough time to vote.
The parliamentary session would resume on 1 November, once the exit of the EU materialized. “BoJo” would then release French champagne, which it will likely pay more in the future. As the United Kingdom enters a difficult period with the exit of the EU, economically speaking, the opposition will let the government get bogged down in order to have a better chance of winning in the next elections.
But will Queen Elizabeth II accept the Prime Minister’s wishes? It’s a safe bet that she will be required to do so. One thing is certain, like Ms. Jean in Canada, she will consult several experts in British parliamentarianism before making her decision.