Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Fight for Brexit
This week, the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully when he suspended parliament earlier this month. The conservative Prime Minister ran on the promise of Brexit, and his suspension of legislature was an effort to cut the amount of time there was to debate the possibility of a no-deal-Brexit. Mr. Johnson was in New York City for the United Nations meeting, and abruptly flew back to Britain. Johnson has spoken against the court’s rulings, claiming they are attempting to delay Brexit further as the deadline to leave the European Union approaches. Brexit has been a conflict in Westminster since 2016, when the bill was first introduced.
Brexit is the United Kingdom’s passed legislature to leave the European Union, the primary monetary union in Europe. Logistically, the process has been a nightmare for both the United Kingdom and the European Union. As far as legalities, sorting out rights for both UK citizens in the EU, and EU citizens in the UK has been a staple of negotiation. Furthermore, how much money the UK needs to pay the EU for the divorce (rumored around £39B, approximately $50B, according to BBC). Ideally, a free trade deal will be established as there is currently no border posts or physical barriers at the border of Northern Ireland (UK) and the Republic of Ireland (EU). The lack of regulation of goods and people at the border as been a red flag for many politicians involved.
As of now, the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on October 31, 2019.