Why did the Supreme Court reverse Parliament’s suspension? And what happens next?
Amanda Sloat is a Robert Bosch Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. She is also a fellow with the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Affairs at the State Department from 2013-2016, where she was responsible for U.S. relations with Turkey. She previously worked at the National Security Council and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.
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During another dramatic week in British politics, Parliament—facing an imminent five-week suspension as the clock ticks towards the October 31 Brexit deadline—seized control of the agenda, introduced legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit, and blocked early elections.
Amid claims of a U.K. constitutional crisis, odds have increased for fall elections and a no-deal Brexit.
Boris Johnson replaced Theresa May as prime minister of the United Kingdom and has promised to deliver Brexit “do or die” by Halloween.
Brexit remains impossible to predict, with all options remaining on the table.
A week before the new Brexit deadline of April 12, there is still no deal.
Members of Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal with the European Union for a third time—despite May’s offer to resign if her deal was passed, which limited her defeat to double digits—and failed to agree on any alternative approach.