Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2019

Boris nightmare: PM forced to cancel trip to Queen – as grovelling call to brother leaked | Politics | News


The Prime Minister had been scheduled to visit her Majesty for a three-day stay at the Queen Scotland residence, but the Brexit crisis has caused Mr Johnson to scale back his trip. The under-fire Prime Minister who suffered three defeats in the House of Commons, is now only expected to meet the Queen on Friday evening. A Number 10 source told The Sun Buckingham Palace officials were “very understanding” about the change of plans.

The meeting between the Prime Minster and the Queen will be the first since Mr Johnson accepted her Majesty’s invitation to form a Government in July.

A Number 10 spokesman said: “The PM has accepted Her Majesty Queen’s invitation to visit Balmoral.

“He will have an audience of Her Majesty on Friday followed by dinner, before returning to London on Saturday.”

A Government source added: “This is a very busy time for the Government”.

Mr Johnson has endured a turbulent start to his premiership in Downing Street, and has seen his Brexit plan left in tatters after parliament voted in favour of stopping Britain leaving the EU without an agreement on October 31.

In a dramatic evening in Westminster, parliamentarians also rejected Mr Johnson’s calls for an early general election.

The Commons voted 298 to 55 – 136 short of the number needed for another election under the fixed term parliament act.

Labour abstained on the first motion and party leader Jeremy Corbyn told the Government to allow the legislation to gain royal assent before Britons are asked to head to the polls.

The Bill is expected to clear the House of Lords on Friday and receive royal assent on Monday.

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Downing Street said the Prime Minister “as both a politician and brother, understands this will not have been an easy matter for Jo”.

The shock resignation has prompted opposition MPs to question whether the Prime Minister can be trusted in office.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said: “Boris Johnson poses such a threat that even his own brother doesn’t trust him.”

Shadow policing minister Lou Haigh added: “If your own brother doesn’t believe you’re acting in the national interest, why should the country?”

 

Meanwhile the Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has confirmed the Government will make another attempt for an early election next week.

Mr Rees-Mogg said a motion for an early general election has been scheduled for Monday ahead of Parliament’s temporary suspension.

Mr Rees-Mogg, announcing business for next week, listed a series of debates on matters related to Northern Ireland and time to consider any amendments from the Lords connected to legislation – including the measures connected to a no deal Brexit.

He said: “A motion relating to an early parliamentary general election.

“The House will not adjourn until Royal Assent has been received to all Acts.

“A message may be received from the Lords commissioner and I will return to the House on Monday with further information if necessary.”



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