The UK's Boris Johnson is mulling over the idea of "proroguing" (closing) the UK Parliament prior to the Brexit deadline, in a last ditch effort to prevent the MP's from stopping the hard exit from the EU, or so it seems.
Borrowed from a loyal UK subject:
Proroguing parliament before a speech by the queen in which the policy of a new government will be laid out is common practice. So, despite the protests and anger over the move, it is a legal one. The Queen will have no choice but to assent if she wishes to preserve tradition under a constitutional monarchy.
However legal does not mean wise or acceptable. It will likely trigger an immediate vote of non-confidence from the Parliament and the fall of the Johnson Government. After such a fall, would an election occur or would the opposition parties form a coalition government to try and avoid a no deal Brexit?
There is already talk of revolutionary political action like calling a People's Parliament. Such out of doors actions could lead to revolution and in the worst case, a real coup d'etat or a civil war. This is because a sitting People's Paliament could easily reach beyond Brexit to try to limit or abolish rights and privileges enjoyed by the British elites and financial interests since the Middle Ages.
I think it's safe to say that Britain is now on the verge of a constitutional crisis in addition to the Brexit Crisis. Well done lads and lasses. You've right knackered yourselves now.
Cheers and dread.
The idea of closing a current session of Parliament and asking for the traditional opening for the next session to be just before Brexit puts Parliament out of his way during the next critical weeks.
It's a sure fire recipe for a UK constitutional crisis, and much more.
Here in USA, the POTUS can legally overthrow the government as per Directive 51, or so it seems.
The National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive (National Security Presidential Directive NSPD 51/Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD-20, sometimes called simply "Executive Directive 51" for short), signed by President of the United States George W. Bush on May 4, 2007, is a Presidential Directive establishing a comprehensive policy on the federal government structures and operations in the event of a "catastrophic emergency". Such an emergency is defined as "any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions."
Yeah, it's safe to say that issuing a Directive 51 simply because the Prezzy doesn't like the way things are going might be the end of their tenure in office here in the States....under NORMAL conditions
But under Trump, ANYTHING AT ALL IS POSSIBLE
, and I am fairly convinced that D51 has been discussed rather recently as an option in late 2020, as in "just prior to the November 2020 elections"
In other words, I wouldn't put it past Trump to try it.