Mr. Boris Johnson, recall the UK parliament and ask the EU for a Brexit postponement

The flag of Scotland, on a black background
The flag of Scotland, on a black background
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Dave is very grateful to the Court of Session of Scotland for ruling that Mr. Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in suspending the United Kingdom’s parliament at a moment of historical importance for the UK.

The exit of Britain from the European Union is widely considered to be very likely to have profound consequences for Britain itself, for the European Union and, indeed, for the international economy as a whole.

The Scottish Court of Session also said, essentially, that he did so to prevent parliamentary debate and legislation on the issue.

The issue of the prorogation [suspension] of the UK parliament is also due to be ruled on by the Supreme Court in London in the days after Thursday, September 19, 2019, the last day on which the Court was in session. Dave and many other people are waiting anxiously to hear what it says.

Despite Mr. Johnson’s actions, even before the suspension came into effect, a cross-party group managed to pass a law (the Benn Bill) forbidding the Government in London from pulling Britain out of the EU without an agreement on future relations being concluded beforehand.

It is very widely agreed that a UK pull-out from the EU without a ‘deal’ will have very bad outcomes for the British economy, bad social consequences in the individual countries constituting the ‘United Kingdom’, and bad repercussions for the European Union. Bad, bad, bad.

Yet Mr. Johnson has said on multiple occasions that his intention is to force the matter and ensure the British exit by October 31, 2019, no matter what the aftermath, notwithstanding the British law against a no-deal withdrawal (the Benn Bill).

It doesn’t really matter whether you are a ‘leaver’ or a ‘remainer’, Mr. Johnson’s plans will have disastrous results for many people. If the UK really does exit, it must be with clear agreements on future relations with the EU.

It would be much better to have a second referendum, to put the matter to a public vote again. The original referendum in 2016 only asked a very open ‘in-principle’ question about whether people wanted out or not. It didn’t ask “Would you like to leave the European Union even if the consequences are going to be dire for you personally and for the entire British Isles?”

If Britain leaves the European Union, Dave reckons just some of the upshot is going to be that:

  • the Scottish are finally going to say enough is enough, and they are going to demand independence – and rightfully so: the Westminster Government has totally failed to take account of their interests, not to mention their majority vote to ‘stay in’;
  • peace in Northern Ireland is going to break down (the signs are already there for anyone who looks), and the only solution ultimately will be to cut Northern Ireland loose as an independent state, watch the blood flow, and wait until the Unionists reconcile themselves to union with Eire;
  • the economy of the entire ‘United Kingdom’ (let’s use the term while we still can) is going to shrink and suffer enormously as many big corporations pull out, and as many British businesses collapse from the loss of their major market – the European Union – plus a surge in costs of doing business;
  • there is going to be a big increase in unemployment because of the jobs lost;
  • there is a real possibility of social unrest (protests and riots), with an accompanying rise in both organized crime and petty crime, as the British establishment is overwhelmed by all the problems and proves unable to cope.

So, Mr. Johnson, please, you succeeded – by hook or by crook – in becoming Prime Minister. You need to be Prime Minister for the entire Union, not just the Tory Party of England. Open your eyes. You have to go ask the EU for a time extension, and you have to hold a second referendum.

Or else, resign and, since you said you’d prefer to – to quote your own words – go “die in a ditch”, please do so. So far, your short time in office has not been positive for the United Kingdom.

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