Last summer's shock Brexit vote caused the fall of a Prime Minister and the creation of a new Government. Now, that new Government (the British version of an executive branch, except that they're all members of the legislature as well, since they have a parliamentary system) finds itself mired in a court case rife with (unwritten) constitutional implications.
The Government appealed that decision, and the British Supreme Court is now hearing arguments in the case. Today's proceedings saw sparring over whether or not the Brexit referendum (itself authorized by Parliament) implicitly authorized the Government to activate Article 50 without Parliament's assent. Unsurprisingly, the Government said that the referendum did so, while Brexit's opponents argued that under the Doctrine of Parliamentary Sovereignty, parliamentary authority can not legally be delegated by implication but only through express delegation and that the Brexit referendum legislation contained no such express language.
It will be very interesting to see how the British Supreme Court resolves these unwritten constitutional crises, and the proceedings may prove diverting for anyone wanting to avoid thinking about any potential pending constitutional crises on this side of the Atlantic.
And, of course, hanging in the background of all the rising tension is the fact that citizens of a country with by far one of the two largest nuclear arsenals will soon be heading to the polls to choose whom to trust with the nuclear codes.
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Earlier today, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, delivered the E.U.'s State of the Union Address for 2016. During the speech, Juncker called for the establishment of an official E.U. Military HQ as a step towards a common military force for Europe. (Currently, each member of the E.U. maintains its own military. National armies and navies can be committed to E.U. operations but continue to take orders directly from their individual governments as opposed to the E.U.) The timing of Juncker's call is interesting to say the least.