Why Brexit destroyed Parliament

And why the U.K. is still unlikely to actually leave Europe

Brexit demonstrators.
(Image credit: Illustrated | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images, Tatiana54/iStock, Anna Erastova/iStock)

It's been a bit since I've checked, but so far as I am aware the streets of Britain are not teeming with millions of starved and diseased waifs gouging one another's eyes out in quarrels over the last remaining cans of fuel. If you don't find this report shocking, you probably haven't been keeping up with the forecasts from the Bank of England and the IMF and even the British government itself about the looming possibility of a so-called "no-deal Brexit."

Boris Johnson, the newly elected Tory prime minister, has asked Queen Elizabeth to "prorogue" (basically close) the current session of Parliament. He is hoping to limit the ability of the opposition, from both the Labour Party and Conservative rebels, to stop a no-deal Brexit from taking place. This move has been widely criticized. It has led to the resignation of various mid-level Tory leaders, including Ruth Davidson, the head of the Scottish branch of the party, and Lord Young, the Conservative whip in the House of Lords. It has also been called "unlawful, unwarranted, and unconstitutional." (Funny that no one ever says these things when the national parliaments of other E.U. member states get suspended in order to ratify treaties or otherwise comply with decrees from Brussels.)

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Matthew Walther

Matthew Walther is a national correspondent at The Week. His work has also appeared in First Things, The Spectator of London, The Catholic Herald, National Review, and other publications. He is currently writing a biography of the Rev. Montague Summers. He is also a Robert Novak Journalism Fellow.