Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson was warned by Britain’s parliamentary speaker that he must not disobey the law by refusing to ask for a Brexit delay and promised to prevent any attempt to circumvent the law.
According to Britain’s Press Association news agency, the speaker of Britain’s House of Commons John Bercow said disobeying the law “would be the most terrible example to set to the rest of society”.
Bercow while giving a speech in London, on Thursday warned if the government comes close to doing so, parliament “would want to cut off such a possibility and do so forcefully”.
“If that demands additional procedural creativity in order to come to pass, it is a racing certainty that this will happen and that neither the limitations of the existing rule book nor the ticking of the clock will stop it doing so”.
He made the remark after Johnson denied that he had lied to Queen Elizabeth II when requesting a suspension of parliament this month. Johnson urged Queen Elizabeth to shut the parliament for five weeks from last Tuesday claiming it was necessary ahead of rolling out a new domestic agenda.
On Thursday, Johnson was asked whether he had misled Queen Elizabeth over his motives for the suspension to which Johnson replied saying “Absolutely not”. Due to the suspension, the House of Commons closed until October 14.
EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said there was “no reason to be optimistic” about striking any divorce deal with Britain before a crucial October 17-18 EU summit. As the trouble increases regarding Brexit, with many opposing a no-deal Brexit, problems are mounting for Johnson who finds himself increasingly boxed in on Brexit.
On Wednesday, his government was forced to release its no-deal Brexit contingency plans after a parliamentary vote. Tom Brake, the Brexit spokesman told sources, “I suspect that those documents… will confirm that the prime minister lied about the reason why.”
“We all know that the reason he wanted to shut down parliament is because he didn’t want parliament holding him to account,” he added.
Johnson is determined to take Britain out of the EU by a no-deal departure on October 31 despite his own government’s assessment that planning remained “at a low level”.