Opponents of a no-deal Brexit were only surpassed royally.
Boris Johnson's gasp to persuade the Queen to suspend Parliament's five-week suspension means that his critics have much less time than they thought to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union without an agreement on October 31.
To date, their preferred option has been to pass legislation requiring the government to seek an extension of the Brexit deadline and hold a second referendum if negotiations with the EU fail to reach agreement.
This might force them to resort to Plan B – a vote of no confidence in the government. For this to succeed, conservative legislators must vote against their own party, which has always been a major challenge.
In any case, on October 14, a new parliamentary session will begin with the traditional state. Opening of Parliament and the speech of the Queen, when the monarch reads a text written by Downing Street outlining the government's legislative priorities. This is usually followed by several days of parliamentary debate. And although Johnson has so far liked to break the norms of British political life, this is a tradition that will appeal to him.
An EU Council Summit to Come Back on October 17 and 18 Johnson Returns He hopes this event, which triggers a new Brexit deal, will go through Parliament in the two weeks leading up to Brexit Day , And then? A quick parliamentary election on the wave of Brexit triumph to consolidate his authority?
But if negotiations with the EU fail and Johnson makes a move to a no-deal, things could be very different. The problem for his opponents is that their room for maneuver at this time is severely limited.
Even if they could muster enough support to pass a vote of no confidence, the UK law provides for a two-week window for a vote of no confidence before new government be formed, or a general election be convened. In the meantime, the countdown clock for Brexit would continue to tick.
Opponents of Brexit are already denouncing Johnson's machinations as constitutional crimes and are planning a parliamentary showdown next week.
However, Johnson seems to be very happy with himself, pointing out that Parliament will sit in the run-up to Brexit and the whole thing is perfectly fine, as its predecessor, Theresa May, had admitted the previous parliamentary session drag continue.
Whatever happens, it is clear that next week will indeed be very bumpy – and as always at Brexit, only the most arrogant experts would try to predict the outcome with a degree of certainty. Time to buckle up.