Kara Dimitruk

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Last week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided to “prorogue” Parliament for the next few weeks. So what is prorogation? Does it have any historical precedent or constitutional implications?

To prorogue is to formally end a session of Parliament. Johnson did this to make it harder for opponents to affect his actions on Brexit, limiting the amount of time they have to debate the withdrawal from the European Union or pass new laws on the issue. In proroguing Parliament sooner than expected, Johnson is updating an old political trick. As my research shows, kings used to prorogue Parliament regularly in the 17th century to limit Parliament’s powers or to press it to do things that the monarch wanted it to do.…  Seguir leyendo »