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Jeremy Corbyn to succeed Boris Johnson as PM?

I drafted this post a week or so before today’s Supreme Court judgment, which makes the scenario I envisage even more likely to occur.

It is foreseeable that Boris Johnson will resign as Prime Minister (but not as Tory leader) in a few weeks time, rather than send that letter. If so, who will succeed him as PM? The present Leader of the Opposition, of course.

Boris would thus break the record for the shortest term in office of any British Prime Minister, though I doubt we’d have seen the last of him even then. It is likely that Jeremy Corbyn would go on to break the same record as Boris had first broken, by managing to remain PM for even fewer days than Boris had lasted.

We can predict that the first action of Jeremy Corbyn in nominal “power” would be to send to the EU the dreaded, grovelling, statutory letter, pleading for a further “extension”.  A letter that Boris has promised not to send, preferring instead to resign as PM (or, as he puts it, to be “dead in a ditch”), rather than to be caught wearing the PM’s “hat” so-to-speak when the statutory duty to grovel imposed upon whoever was PM that day fell upon the incumbent like the Sword of Damacles.

If the Council granted the requested Article 50 extension, when caretaker PM Corbyn did the necessary statutory grovelling he’d hoped to make Boris do in person, all well and good.  It isn’t particularly exciting to speculate what will happen next in that case.  But (to get to my point) if the Council said “no”, then we would have a far more interesting situation on our national hands.  The conventional wisdom is that Mr Corbyn would have to revoke Article 50, if he wanteed to prevent the no-deal Brexit he seems to dread from happening automatically on 31st October.  But could he revoke?  Hence my still unanswered question posed to a recalcitrant Administrative Court almost three months ago, a question that first occurred to me when the previous PM, Theresa May, made her u-turn, almost half a year ago, admitting that, as far as she was concerned, Brexit “may never happen”.

With no majority, Mr Corbyn would be unlikely to get a Bill through both Houses of Parliament giving him a gold-standard, statutory power to revoke Article 50.  So he would be tempted instead to purport to revoke Article 50 in purported exercise of the Royal Prerogative.  If that happens – and it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility – some might think it a pity that the Administrative Court wouldn’t let me make an application for a declaration that the Royal Prerogative doesn’t give a Prime Minister the power to revoke Article 50, because (I pleaded) only an Act of Parliament could accomplish that. Continue reading

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What would it take to “block” Brexit?

Another court case I brought because nobody else did:

There has been renewed talk lately of “Parliament” (meaning the House of Commons) somehow “blocking” a so-called “no-deal Brexit”, the outcome for which Parliament (meaning both houses) has already legislated, unless the Commons, in a “meaningful vote”, approves a withdrawal agreement that is actually on offer, before the statutory “exit day” arrives.  Exit day has been 29th March 2019, either 12th April 2019 or 22nd May 2019, definitely 12th April 2019, and is now 31st October 2019. Continue reading

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The day I tried to save Brexit

Another exciting episode in my courtroom drama of a life

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As reported here on Tuesday 9th April 2019, I suspected then that the Prime Minister might purport to revoke the UK’s article 50 notice to leave the EU before exit day, then defined as Friday 12th April 2019 at 23:00.  That is, if the Council didn’t give her an extension that night (which, in the event, the Council did).

I therefore attended the Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday 10th April, clutching these papers.  I was seeking an emergency injunction to prevent the Prime Minister from canceling Brexit off her own bat.  There had been dangerous talk on the BBC news since the Sunday of that week (when I’d listened to Radio 4 online in Bucharest) that led me to fear that summary cancelation of Brexit on the Prime Minister’s part might be her back-up plan if denied her extension.

I have recently obtained a transcript of what was said in court that day. Continue reading

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Schrödinger’s Brexit

On new metaphorical applications of the Schrödinger’s Cat thought-experiment or joke and the need for a new legal test case, in the context of #Brexit


Until an observation forces the system into one of the two equally probable cat-life eigenstates, the box contains the linear superposition of half a dead cat, and half a live cat.

Before we get close again to a default, no-deal Brexit, perhaps next time with no extension on offer, it’d be nice to discover the British PM’s as-yet-undisclosed belief as to the correct answer to an unresolved constitutional question. That question is what the constitutional requirements are for revoking the Article 50 notice already given.

A key question within that is whether there would need to be a new Act of Parliament before the PM could revoke Article 50 notice. What does the PM think is the answer to that? It’s not at all clear from the news what she thinks.

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# Let my people stay

Learning that the British Prime Minister was seeking the EU’s permission to delay Brexit further and threatening to cancel it altogether if she didn’t get her own way (about which I hope to see her in court), I thought I’d add some extra verses to the o-o-ol’ negro spiritual I’d mentioned in my 2004 Houston speech.

LET MY PEOPLE STAY

When Israel was in Egypt’s land
Let my people go
Oppressed so hard they could not stand
Let my people go

Go down Moses
Way down in Egypt land
Tell old Pharaoh
“Let my people go”

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Thank God for the floods

I prayed for the floods that disrupted the Brexit referendum.  I tweeted after my prayer was answered.

I have a confession to make.  The night before the Brexit referendum, I prayed for divine intervention, suggesting one possible thing to the Lord (meaning the triune God of Christianity), in the context of a general prayer for Him to do something.  I suggested His causing freak weather on polling day, affecting areas of the country where intended Remain voters were in the majority.

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# There’s a hole in my Brexit

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#Catch50

The UK trying to leaving the EU may turn out to be like Captain Yossarian trying to leave the air force, in Catch-22.  I have written a song about this.

Here are the lyrics.

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