Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2019

Queen’s Brexit crisis: Royal advisers anxious at monarch’s role – ‘Unprecedented crisis!’ | Royal | News

The Queen yesterday approved Prime Minister Mr Johnson’s request to next month, meaning both Houses will go into recess in the second week of September, and will reconvene for a Queen’s Speech on October 14 – 17 days before Britain is scheduled to leave the on October 31. As head of state, the 93-year-old monarch plays an important ceremonial role when it comes to the country’s Government, and the prospect of her becoming directly involved was raised earlier this week after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson confirmed they had both written to her seeking a meeting.

The situation would become even more complicated in the event that Mr Johnson were to lose a vote of no confidence and then opt not to resign.

Mr Fitzwilliams, the former editor of International Who’s Who, told “The has a wealth of experience in her 67-year reign and has taken care to keep out of party politics as a symbol of national unity.

“She acts on the advice of her prime minister and had no option but to assent to the Prime Minister’s request to suspend parliament yesterday.

“Queen Anne was the last sovereign to withhold assent, to the Bill on the Scottish militia in 1708.

“At Balmoral for the summer, she will undoubtedly have been sensitive to the undoubted threat that clearly poses to the union and we know how devoted to it she is.”


“This has happened previously but in totally different situations and given the pivotal importance of Brexit and the fast approaching date of October 31 when we are expected to leave the EU, she will undoubtedly be concerned at the divisive effect of this move.

“Since suspending Parliament is clearly a political tactic by an without a parliamentary majority, the Queen is unlikely to have welcomed her visitors from the Privy Council without personal qualms.

“If Boris Johnson lost a vote of no confidence but refused to stand down, or call a general election and there was no one in parliament who could command a majority, the Queen might yet get involved in this unprecedented crisis.”

Speaker of the House of Commons, , said earlier this week Mr Johnson’s move was a “constitutional outrage” because it limited the time Parliament has to debate the issue.

However, leader of the House of Commons said today: “All these people who are wailing and gnashing of teeth know that there are two ways of doing what they want to do.

“One, is to change the government and the other is to change the law.

“If they do either of those that will then have an effect.

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