[239] A Blank Sheet of Paper

Completion Date: 26 September 2019
Medium: Paint on card
Dimensions: 16 X 20 inches

Britain’s all-consuming debate over Brexit dragged another of its respected institutions into uncharted territory, as the Supreme Court struck down Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament, an extraordinary intervention by the judiciary into a political dispute.

The unanimous decision, handed down on 24 September 2019, was an unalloyed defeat for Mr. Johnson and propelled Britain into a fresh round of political turmoil.

This Court has already concluded that the Prime Minister’s advice to Her Majesty was unlawful, void and of no effect. This means that the Order in Council to which it led was also unlawful, void and of no effect and should be quashed. This means that when the Royal Commissioners walked into the House of Lords it was as if they walked in with a blank sheet of paper. The prorogation was also void and of no effect. Parliament has not been prorogued. This is the unanimous judgment of all 11 Justices.