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Boris Johnson And Section 18 Of The Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829

Boris Johnson married his partner Carrie Symonds at Westminster Cathedral over the weekend. According to a statement from the cathedral, he is now, in fact, a Roman Catholic. This simple statement raises awkward constitutional questions. The Sovereign is formally responsible … Continue reading

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A Few Words On Succession To The Premiership

After being hospitalized with continuing COVID-19 symptoms, Boris Johnson has now been transferred to the ICU after his condition deteriorated. Downing Street has announced that Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State, will deputize for him as needed, … Continue reading

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Is This The End Of The Road For The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2011?

Regular readers of my blog will know that I’m not a fan of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. I think it was a cynical ploy to stabilize David Cameron’s coalition government, and it has done far more harm than good. … Continue reading

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The Lascelles Principles Won’t Save Boris Johnson

Back in August, I wrote a post about the circumstances in which the Queen might dismiss Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. I noted that, if Johnson were to refuse to resign after losing a vote of no confidence, Her Majesty … Continue reading

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Could Boris Johnson Try To Suspend The Benn Act?

Sir John Major today claimed that Boris Johnson might try to suspend the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (‘the Benn Act’) by Order of Council to avoid having to ask for an extension. But what is an Order … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rules Prorogation Unlawful

In a constitutional bombshell, Britain’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament for five weeks was unlawful, and the prorogation itself is “null and of no effect.” The justices found that the Prime Minister’s advice … Continue reading

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The Future Of Prorogation

With all the controversy surrounding Boris Johnson’s extended prorogation, I’ve been asked if I think the practice of proroguing Parliament is likely to be abolished in the not-too-distant future. However, outright abolition seems unlikely. Until now, prorogation has been a … Continue reading

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Prorogation Gets Even Messier

Courts in England and Scotland have come to radically different conclusions on the legality of Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament for five weeks. The Inner House of Scotland’s Court of Session overturned an earlier decision of the Outer House … Continue reading

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In Defense Of The Queen

Amid the fallout from Boris Johnson’s decision to seek a prorogation of Parliament next month, some have criticized the Queen for accepting Johnson’s advice. While this anger is understandable given the stakes, it’s ultimately misplaced. As I’ve said many times … Continue reading

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Parliament To Be Prorogued Next Month

After weeks of speculation, Boris Johnson has confirmed that Parliament will be prorogued shortly after MPs return from their summer recess. This is very grave news. It dramatically heightens the chances of a no-deal Brexit, and it also raises the … Continue reading

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