British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could be impeached, which will result in his suspension.
British opposition parties are considering launching impeachment proceedings against the prime minister, the British edition of The Sunday Times reports. Experts predict that as early as Monday, Boris Johnson will face unprecedented pressure from his political opponents, who have expressed strong opposition over his illegal suspension Parliament. Impeachment is one possible option for convicting Johnson of illegally suspending parliament. It should be noted that these days on the other side of the Atlantic, the impeachment case is initiated by opponents of Donald Trump, johnson’s main foreign political ally and friend.
Calls for Boris Johnson’s removal from office intensified after the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the cabinet minister had illegally suspended Parliament for five weeks.
Eleven Supreme Court judges called the Prime Minister’s decision to suspend Parliament a “serious” threat to democracy. The President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale, stated that Johnson’s decision to ask the queen to close the House of Commons for five weeks was “illegal, invalid and useless”. This decision, according to the sources of the publication, allegedly led to a temporary rupture of relations between Buckingham Palace, which, to put it mildly, “was not impressed with this” and Downing Street. “They (members of the royal family) are not impressed by what is happening – at the highest levels of the family,” the source told the newspaper from the House of Commons.
According to metro.co.uk, Liz Saville-Roberts, member of parliament from the centre-left Welsh Party Plaid Camry, asked British Parliament Speaker John Bercow if he could file a motion to launch the procedure. impeachment of the Prime Minister. Other in the party accused Johnson of trying to avoid accountability. Savile-Robert stated that Johnson “has no boundaries” in his political intrigue and aggressive rhetoric. Raising the question of how to conduct impeachment proceedings in the House of Commons, Savile-Roberts explained that “the Supreme Court has made it very clear that responsibility lies at the heart of parliamentary democracy.”
If MPs launch an impeachment motion, it could lead to prosecutions and a trial that will traditionally be held in Westminster Hall on parliamentary grounds.
According to CNN, if Johnson successfully votes no, he could be replaced temporarily by his main political opponent, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.
Johnson insists that the suspension of Parliament has nothing to do with Brexit, arguing that the speech of queen Elizabeth II at the opening session of the House of Commons, which she is going to deliver on October 14, is necessary to present the agenda new legislation. However, the Supreme Court’s decision supports accusations by political opponents that Johnson “misled” the queen, prompting calls for his resignation.
Johnson made his decision after the House of Commons passed the so-called Benn Act in September, which makes Brexit illegal without a deal with the EU.
In addition, legislators decided that the decision could not be taken without parliamentary approval. The Benn act also prompts the Prime Minister to ask for an extension of Britain’s membership of the European Union. But Johnson has made it clear he can ignore the law: he insists that the country must leave the trading bloc by October 31, with or without a deal. As the analyst notes, it remains unclear how Johnson will try to do it.
On Sunday, it was reported that Boris Johnson had called Elizabeth II to personally apologise to her for embarrassing her by suspending the country’s parliament for five weeks. A Downing Street source told The Sunday Times that Johnson “contacted the queen as quickly as possible to say: “He was sorry to upset Elizabeth II.”