Power Gone to the Head: Boris Johnson To Shut Down Parliament

Brexit has been dominating headlines lately, and if you’ve been keeping your eye on them, you’d know why. Nothing is going planned for Brexit and it’s supporters, as the U.K economy is not in great shape right now. Furthermore, the future of the country itself is uncertain as it moves ever closer to a no-deal Brexit.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dominated the news cycle this week when he declared that Parliament be “temporarily shut down”. But why shut down Parliament? Better yet, what’s in it for Boris Johnson and his party of pro-Brexit politicians?

Defining a No-Deal Brexit

First, it’s important to identify what a no-deal Brexit looks like and why it would be catastrophic for the U.K.

A no-deal Brexit is exactly what it sounds like: the U.K. will leave the European Union without an agreement set in place as to how trading, finances, and other processes will work. I don’t think I need to say why that would be damaging to the U.K. economy.

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The U.K. would also be removed from government bodies such as the European Court of Justice and Europol, according to BBC.

Now, the U.K. had a chance at entering a 21-month transition period with the EU, giving the U.K. time to relax as the two governments negotiated a deal that benefitted both sides. However, the proposal for such a transition period was shot down earlier this year, when former Prime Minister Theresa May proposed the deal 3 times.

One major blowback from a post-Brexit U.K would be the uncertainty of cybersecurity in the country. The U.K.’s cybersecurity is strong due to being in the EU, since multiple countries’ cybersecurity divisions pitch in to solve major threats. Spoiler alert: that free trial of a VPN you found won’t protect you from the next WannaCry or BlueKeep, which is why you want a strong cybersecurity division.

Simply put, a no-deal Brexit would damage the U.K. from all fronts, and it seems crazy to want a no-deal Brexit. However, some people disagree, and one of these people is Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Suspending an Important Session

Parliament tends to take a few breaks throughout the year, especially in the fall. However, they don’t take breaks whenever a future-defining decision needs to be made, but Boris Johnson has set in motion a move to suspend Parliament until only a few days before the closing date for a no-deal Brexit hits, AKA October 14th, the due date for an agreement on Brexit being October 31st. This means that Parliament will only have two weeks to decide on a deal for Brexit, something that seems unlikely.

According to some, this move is unconstitutional, which is true. As of now, citizens are protesting through the streets demanding that Parliament stay open. Parliament isn’t scheduled to close until September 9th, so there is still time to keep Parliament open and block PM Johnson’s request.

But why pursue a no-deal Brexit? Ever since Boris Johnson has taken office, his party has increased the likelihood of a no-deal, seemingly with intention. However, I wouldn’t say that Boris Johnson wants a no-deal Brexit. I, and many others, believe that Johnson only cares about keeping his party’s support and, by extension, his position as Prime Minister.

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When it comes down to it, men like Boris Johnson only care about their power and influence; if the country has to suffer long-term consequences for it, so be it. He needs the support of his party, and he will do anything to keep it because all he wants is the power he currently has and has been chasing for years.

It’s party over country, a trend we’ve been seeing pop up for a while, and it’s a dangerous philosophy. If Brexit truly does go through a no-deal path, then Johnson and his party will get what they want, but at what cost?