If you’re still perplexed by Brexit, allow Raheem’s latest radio appearance to help resolve your confusion. He was featured on the September 10th episode of “Mornings on the Mall” to discuss the “Brexit battle in parliament”.
The constitutionality of proroguing parliament mixed with the imminent Brexit deadline is messy:
“Technically speaking parliament is within its right to attempt to use legislation to force Boris Johnson to ask for another extension to the deadline for us to leave the European Union. However, Boris Johnson is also within his right to ask Her Majesty to prorogue and suspend the sitting of parliament, which he has done and which she gave her consent.”
This situation leaves the UK in a “quagmire” where parliament is pushing to extend the October 19th deadline for Brexit which effectively “puts the ball back in the European Union’s court” as it will “require the approval of all European Union member states” – an unlikely event. Just one country could derail the process, and opposition from countries including France and Hungary seems likely.
Kassam predicts the media will echo parliament’s sentiments: they’ll “tell the country they have either a deal with the European Union or an extension.”
He also offers insight on Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which “sets in place the two year process for leaving”.
Although it was invoked over two years ago, pro-EU membership parliamentarians have come up with a wide range of excuses: “we’re not ready to leave, we don’t want to leave, we don’t have a deal, we don’t have regulatory, travel, or visa alignment, we don’t have clarity on the Irish border”.
In other words: “they’re saying to the public we don’t care what you voted for”.
Raheem explains broader implications of these Brexit shenanigans on British politics. It has left many people doubting the effectiveness of democracy and undermined any sense of political efficacy.
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