After Boris Johnson's shattering decision to take the British parliament out of mid-September, outraged reactions are raging across the Channel. For the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, "it's an affront to the ConstitutionIn a tweet, Labor opposition spokesperson for Home Affairs, Diane Abott talks about "coup against Parliament. Against the voters, and against their political representatives. "
Is the decision of the British Prime Minister unconstitutional? "This is discussed " answers Amandine Crespy, researcher at CEVIPOL, the Center for European Studies at ULB. "The peculiarity of the United Kingdom is that it does not have a written Constitution. There is already an appeal by a Scottish member against this decision by Boris Johnson, so it's open to interpretation. From a political point of view, it is a very strong maneuver aimed at the executive taking over the British parliamentary system and imposing Boris Johnson's point of view on the Brexit, namely an exit as of October 31, without agreement if necessary. "
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"If there is a rebellion of the Parliament, and a vote of no confidence of the deputies against the governmentcontinues the researcher, there will be new elections, which would allow Boris Johnson to eventually consolidate his majority, because currently, his majority is a small seat. In the current context around Brexit, the decision of the Prime Minister is a political maneuver to go into force (and get the Brexit). He took advantage of the fact that the Parliament had weakened itself because it rejected three times the agreement negotiated by Theresa May. This Parliament itself did not have a clear line on Brexit. Boris Johnson tries to take advantage of this weakness of Parliament to take the lead. In the British model, where Parliament is at the center of the political system, this way the executive power to take power over the legislature, it necessarily causes reactions! "
"What we press", analyzes Amandine Crespy, "is that with a potential exit from the United Kingdom of the European Union on October 31, and a return of Parliament that would be now October 15, parliamentarians will not have time to react to a government that is aiming for a Brexit without agreement.