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Britain’s political crisis took a new turn this week when the emergency sitting of Parliament on Saturday failed either to approve or to reject the revised deal that the prime minister had agreed with the EU, leaving the situation once again in limbo.
Last Tuesday’s decision by the Supreme Court to annul the prorogation of Parliament made headline news not just in the UK but across Europe. In this essay we look a little more closely at the judgment, and what it implies for the UK’s unwritten constitution and the relationship of the Judiciary to the other two arms of government, the Executive and the Legislature.
When Boris Johnson became prime minister, there were precisely 99 days to his self-imposed deadline of 31 October for his government to complete the extrication of the UK from the EU. Over half of those 99 days have already elapsed, and yet it is no clearer how, when or even if the UK will leave.