The Queen and Prorogation

**This blog was first posted on LinkedIn on 29th August 2019** There is much discussion about the decision of Boris Johnson to prorogue Parliament and what it means for the role of the monarchy. To prorogue Parliament means that one session of Parliament ends, and another begins when it meets again. While prorogued, Parliament does…

One Meaningful Vote Too Far: Is Bercow Right?

On Monday, the Speaker, John Bercow, has made a major intervention into the Brexit process. By ruling that the government cannot bring back the “same or substantially the same motion” any chance of Meaningful Vote III this week has practically disappeared. Bercow stated: “If the government wishes to bring forward a new proposition, which is…

Brexit – What Happens Next?

NOTE: This post was written at 5am on Friday morning, before Cameron announced his resignation. Once again the polls were wrong, and the UK has voted to leave the EU. Obviously, the ramifications of this decision are enormous both in the short and long term. The immediate question is What Happens Next?┬áThere are several significant…