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- Sep 20, 2018
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Professor Mark Elliott has a helpful article analysing the legal and constitutional implications of Johnson's so doing -- which I still do believe he would do since it would leave the UK without a government for a month before a no-deal Brexit and leave the Civil Service in an impossible position as they tried to keep the public informed about vital information about the emergency measures that were put in place while obeying the very strict rules that constrain what the Civil Service may and may not to during a General Election campaign.So apparently Johnson is threatening to defy a vote of no confidence and will refuse to quit in that event as it is "only convention" that he should do so.
Unfortunately pretty much all of the UK's so called constitution is "only convention"
Senior Tory warns Boris Johnson of ‘gravest constitutional crisis since Charles I’ if he refuses to resign after losing a confidence voteProminent businesswoman Gina Miller also threatens judicial review if PM defies conventionwww.independent.co.uk
I think this whole thing with Dominic Cummings playing the pantomime Villain (with Boris Johnson as the Dame -- a role traditionally played by a male clown, after all) is the Leave equivalent of "project fear," designed to scare wavering Conservative MPs away from voting for a No Confidence motion and, if that fails, to give Johnson some plausible excuse for reneging on his commitment not to call an election while we're still in the EU.
But it's a very dangerous game, and I am terrified that they're blunder into a no-deal Brexit by mistake.
Anyway, the article:
Boris Johnson, the UK’s new Prime Minister, says that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October “do or die”. With negotiations between the UK and the EU apparently at an impasse, the likelihood of a n…
As the autumn unfolds, and as the cliff-edge beckons, we will see whether the majority of parliamentarians who are opposed to a no-deal Brexit can recover the situation. As I have sought to show in this post, Parliament does have options open to it. But those options are limited in legal terms — and decidedly so in political terms.