TODAY’S shocking judgement throws Westminster into chaos just weeks before Brexit.
Parliament was meant to be shut down until October 14, when there would have been a new Queen’s Speech and fresh session of Parliament – but judges today cancelled it and ruled it null and void.
Eleven top judges sensationally ruled Boris misled the Queen and the “extreme” decision to prorogue was “unlawful”.
What happens now?
Effectively Parliament is no longer NOT shut down.
It means MPs can go back to Parliament tomorrow morning from 11.30, Speaker John Bercow said today.
Technically as there is no Commons business, MPs do not have to be there, and there are no crunch votes scheduled at the moment.
Mr Bercow said that there will be no PMQs on Wednesday as there normally is, but there will be time for urgent questions from MPs, and they will be able to table emergency debates too.
That could pave the way for Remainers to take control of Parliament once again and start wrecking Brexit again.
If that happens MPs can table more new laws to try and stop us from leaving the EU on October 31.
What has Boris Johnson said?
Nothing, yet. Boris is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
He will likely be sitting with his advisers at the moment trying to figure out what to do next.
The move is a huge blow for his authority as PM and is completely unprecedented.
It’s a humiliation for him after he repeatedly denied he had misled the Queen with his advice to shut down Parliament ready for a new session.
Last night Boris insisted that he won’t resign if he loses.
What has Jeremy Corbyn said?
A jubilant Corbyn said minutes after the ruling today: “I invite Boris Johnson, in the historic words, to consider his position and become the shortest serving PM there has ever been.”
The Labour boss has brought forward his keynote speech – schedule for tomorrow – to this afternoon so he can race back to Westminster in time.
Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said there should be a PMQS session as well tomorrow to quiz the PM on the huge row.
At the party’s conference in Brighton, Labour delegates whooped with joy when the ruling was delivered and chanted: “Johnson out!”
Can Boris Johnson resign?
Boris can technically resign, but he can’t leave without putting someone in his place. There has to be a PM in office at all times.
Boris could talk to the Queen and advise that someone else take over – such as Jeremy Corbyn or a senior MP like Ken Clarke or Harriet Harman.
He insisted last night that he won’t throw in the towel if he loses, and is determined to deliver Brexit on October 31 no matter what the cost.
However, he could announce he will step down at a later date, which will trigger another Tory leadership election.
Will there be an election?
Boris has repeatedly called for an election to break the Brexit deadlock and try and win a majority in Parliament to force through his Brexit plans.
After he sacked 21 Tory rebels he effectively has no majority and has no hope of getting a deal – or any other law – through Parliament unless Labour or other rebels join forces with him.
The current position in Parliament is unsustainable and an election is on the cards – it’s just a question of when.
Mr Corbyn and other opposition parties repeatedly voted against an election earlier this month.
They wanted to wait until Boris was forced to seek an extension to Article 50 first, which would delay Brexit for a third time.
Only after that will they back an election, because if one is called before they fear Boris could take Britain out of the EU without a deal during the campaign.
Boris needs two thirds of MPs to vote for an election before one is called.
The PM of the day also has the power to decide the date it takes place on.
Will he face a vote of no confidence?
MPs could try and force Boris Johnson out of office with a vote of no confidence.
With Westminster in so much chaos, it’s hard to see how he would win one.
If he loses, then he would have 14 days to try and win back MPs’ support in the Commons.
If he couldn’t do that, then an election is called automatically.
But there has to be 25 days at least of campaigning before voting day.
MPs would not want to risk crashing out of the EU without a deal during an election campaign – and could hold back from trying to boot Boris out for now.
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