The Supreme Court today ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful. A ruling which FBC Manby Bowdler’s Peter Wilding says will lead to a climax in the Brexit crisis.
Mr Johnson suspended - or prorogued - Parliament for five weeks earlier this month, but the court said it was wrong to stop MPs carrying out duties in the run-up to Brexit.
Supreme Court president Lady Hale said "the effect on the fundamentals of democracy was extreme."
FBC Manby Bowdler’s Peter Wilding, the legal expert credited with coining the word ‘Brexit’, said today’s ruling drastically reduced the odds of the UK leaving the EU on October 31.
Mr Wilding, the firm’s Brexit Director, has been working with businesses across the West Midlands and Shropshire to help them prepare for the Halloween deadline. He heads up FBC Manby Bowdler’s dedicated Brexit team, which includes manufacturing, agriculture and employment law experts.
“The Supreme Court decision means that all bets are off on Brexit.
“Despite signs on the M54 telling people to prepare for everything changing on November 1 and the Get Ready for Brexit adverts everywhere, the chances of Britain leaving the EU on October 31 have receded.
“We have been working with companies from across the region to help them Brexit-proof their businesses, from manufacturers exporting to the EU to companies employing EU nationals. All of them, without exception, are facing uncertainty and this decision means that uncertainty could continue for some time.
“Parliament returns to scrutinise a Prime Minister with no majority and, thus far, no Brexit deal.
“They will now require Boris Johnson to publish the No Deal plans Parliament legislated for. They will almost certainly demand the resignation of him and his government through a vote of no confidence.
“The chances of a general election happening in the next two months have therefore increased. To have one, any government will have to seek an extension of the Article 50 period. As Boris Johnson has said he will never do so, the chances are that an interim government will have to be constituted to do so.
“The Brexit crisis is now reaching its climax.”
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