Ex-past British PM warns of Brexit crisis for Queen
Former UK Prime Minister John Major has said he would challenge in court any move to suspend parliament force through a “no-deal” Brexit. Major warned it could constitutional controversy.
The former British Prime Minister John Major on Wednesday warned he would personally take legal action to stop any leader using a suspension of parliament to deliver a “no-deal” Brexit.
The intervention comes after Boris Johnson refused to rule out a so-called pro-rogation of parliament — a move that Major warned would thrust Queen Elizabeth II into the center of a constitutional crisis.
"In order to close down parliament the prime minister would have to go to her Majesty the Queen and ask for her permission to prorogue "according to report. "If her first minister asks for that permission it is almost inconceivable that the queen will do anything other than grant it."
"She is then in the midst of a constitutional controversy that no serious politician should put the queen in the middle of."
Johnson has said Britain will leave the European Union on October 31, with or without agreeing a withdrawal deal with the bloc. However, parliament has so far voted against allowing any no-deal scenario.
- 10 Jul, 2019
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