Published On: Wed, Aug 28th, 2019

Corbyn, Swinson and Soubry DEMAND meetings with the Queen to express Brexit ‘concerns’ | Politics | News


Potentially causing further interruption to her annual Balmoral break in the Scottish Highlands, leaders of the Labour Party, Lib Dems and Change UK – which is still in its infancy having been dreamed up by Remainers including Ms Soubry in spring – have ordered the Queen to meet with them. They demanded a meeting with the monarch to express their “concerns” – despite a sensational attack launched on her by Mr Corbyn earlier today when news broke of the suspension of Parliament. Hard left Mr Corbyn, who accused the great-grandmother of attempting to make a grab for British democracy, write to her afterwards begging to see her.

He said: “There is a danger that the royal prerogative is being set directly against the wishes of a majority of the House of Commons.

“In the circumstances, as the leader of the offical opposition, on behalf of all my party members and many other members of Parliament, I request you to grant me a meeting, along with other privy councillors, as a matter of urgency and before any final decision is taken.”

His move was followed by new Lib Dems leader Jo Swinson who also demanded a meeting with the Queen, “to express my concern at Boris Johnson’s anti-democratic plan to shut down Parliament”.

This comes despite her mantra being to ‘Stop Brexit’ after the EU referendum saw 52 percent of the nation vote to leave.

The Queen has no real power to stop Mr Johnson’s request, as the monarch does not interfere with politics or the advice given by her ministers and Prime Minister.

House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg followed Mr Johnson to Balmoral Castle today to sign off the Prime Minister’s request.

A Queen’s speech will be held on October 14, when Parliament resumes.

Mr Corbyn said regardless of now having just three days to stop a no deal Brexit he will do all he can to do so.

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He said the reason for suspending Parliament was to allow him to bring forward legislation for a new Withdrawal Agreement if a deal can be done with the EU.

He said: “There will be ample time on both sides of that crucial October 17 summit, ample time in Parliament for MPs to debate the EU, to debate Brexit, and all the other issues.”

Today’s events saw talks Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson would throw in the towel.

Ms Davidson, who backed Jeremy Hunt in the Tory leadership race, is known to be strongly opposed to the UK quitting the bloc on October 31 without a deal in place, and her decision may be motivated by Mr Johnson’s decision to seek a suspension of Parliament, which was ratified by the Queen this afternoon.

BBC political editor Laure Kuennsberg tweeted: “Ruth Davidson is considering her position and set to quit – no official confirmation tonight, sources indicate not direct result of today’s announcement from No 10 – mixture of personal and political reasons building over recent months.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Ms Davidson’s office and Scottish Conservatives seeking official confirmation of the news.



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