Published On: Wed, Jul 10th, 2019

Boris Johnson news: Sir John Major will go to court to stop no deal Brexit | UK | News


Sir John Major has vowed to personally take to court if he becomes Prime Minister and attempts to “bypass Parliament” to push through a no deal . The former foreign secretary has previously said the UK will be leaving the European Union by the end of October “do or die”. Speaking on the Today programme, former Tory leader Sir John Major said he would personally act if the future leader tried to prorogue Parliament to force no deal through the Commons.

He said: “You cannot and should not bypass Parliament in this fashion. I cannot imagine how anyone could conceivably think that is right.

“But, there is a secondary point to that as well. 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.

“If her First Minister asks for that permission, it is almost inconceivable 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. I think this is completely and utterly against Parliamentary tradition.

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“If that were to happen I think there would be a queue of people who would seek judicial review, the Queen’s decision cannot be challenged in law, but the Prime Minister’s advice to the Queen can I believe be challenged in law. I for one would be prepared to go and seek judicial review to prevent Parliament from being bypassed.”

He added: “I served in Parliament for over 20-years. I am very proud to have done so. I am not going to stand by and see Parliamentary traditions disregarded in this way.”

BBC host Mishal Husain stepped in questioning the former Prime Minister’s remarks. She said: “You would seek an immediate judicial review of a Prime Minister’s decision to ask the Queen to prorogue Parliament in these circumstances?”

Sir John simply replied: “That is correct.”

BBC’s Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg wrote on Twitter: “Former Tory PM threatens to take likely next Tory PM to court if he tries unlikely kamikaze option to get round MPs … that’s 2019”.

She later added: “In the dynamics of this Tory race tho, Major’s threat will probably give more fire to Brexit supporters.”

Sky News’ Political Correspondent Tamara Cohen wrote: “A Boris Johnson campaign source on Sir John Major threatening to go to court over suspending Parliament: ‘The fella’s been driven bonkers by brexit. Wouldn’t you if you’d virtually destroyed your party over Maastricht only now to see all the effort as wasted?’”

The UK is currently scheduled to leave the European Union at the end of October this year.

Leadership contender and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has categorically ruled out proroguing Parliament to force through a no deal Brexit.

But, former foreign secretary Mr Johnson said he would “not take anything off the table”.

Responding to the Today programme interview, one Twitter user wrote: “How does Sir John Major get on demand access to a #R4Today appearance to have a total meltdown live on national radio?”



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