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Former British PM warns of Brexit crisis for Queen

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Lora Ball | 10 July, 2019, 19:55

"I told Theresa May how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way - was unable to get it done".

Major said "you can not and should not bypass Parliament in this fashion".

Member of parliament Boris Johnson, popular to win a Conservative head election and to become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom, has reiterated his refusal to rule out the suspension of parliament in order to deliver no-deal Brexit to ensure Britain leaves the European Union (EU) as scheduled on October 31, with or without Brexit deal. "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", he said.

The former Foreign Secretary sidestepped questioning on whether or not he would allow Sir Kim Darroch to remain in his job, during a televised head-to-head debate with Number 10 rival Jeremy Hunt.

The monarch would be "in the midst of a constitutional controversy that no serious politician should put the Queen in the middle of", Sir John said. Charles was eventually executed, in 1649.

Westminster news and gossip blog Guido Fawkes reminded Britons of Major's incongruous position, given that he prorogued parliament in 1997 to delay the publication of a report into the "cash for questions" scandal which involved his Tory government.

Mr Grieve said in comments reported by The Times that he was "absolutely delighted" that his amendment passed, saying: "It is essential that parliament expresses its outright opposition to prorogation, which would be unconstitutional".

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Sir John said "we carried the election until nearly the very last date" and it was an "absurd charge".

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He warned there could be a "great deal of chaos" if businesses were not ready for a Halloween exit.

"We really can not have our ambassadors chosen by the host government, however eminent those host governments may be", Sir John, who is backing Mr Hunt in the leadership race, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

And he issued a stark warning about the prospect of suspending Parliament in order to force through a no-deal Brexit - something Mr Johnson would not rule out.

"National leaders look first at the interests of the country, not first at the interests of themselves and appealing to a particular part of a small electorate for a particular post, however important that post may be". I'm not going to stand by and see [parliamentary traditions] disregarded in this fashion.

"But ultimately, when you have to choose between who is going to be the next prime minister, who you want to be the next prime minister, you have to take everything into account". It wouldn't work as a mechanism to deliver a No Deal Brexit if MPs hadn't already voted for No Deal.

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