No, Boris, you don't have the power to go to war

Posted by es328 at May 02, 2017 11:36 AM |
Following comments made by Boris Johnson, Dr Tara McCormack has discussed the parliamentary conventions of British military action in an article for Spiked
No, Boris, you don't have the power to go to war

Boris Johnson (Image: UK Government)

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In an article for Spiked, Dr Tara McCormack has discussed the idea that MPs would not need to be consulted on a decision to go to war, following comments by foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, that it would be hard to deny a request from the US to help with military action in Syria.

In the article, Dr McCormack, from the University's School of History, Politics and International Relations, said: "Taking the country to war is the most existential decision a government can make. This is not something that should be done at the whim of government officials. Johnson has spent the past two years of his political life campaigning to leave the EU, to allow the UK to become a sovereign nation that democratically decides its own future. Deciding to commit the country to war is a sovereign democratic decision. It seems that both Johnson and May are attempting to pick and choose when they want to invoke democracy."

She added: "Johnson is constitutionally wrong. The executive — that is, the government — no longer has the authority to take the country to war. In the past, this was a power vested in the executive by Royal Prerogative. Over the past 10 years, however, a new parliamentary convention has emerged that gives parliament the power and authority over going to war."

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