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Tory Remainers have sketched out an extraordinary plot to embroil the Queen in their efforts to thwart Brexit, by having her travel to the next EU summit and plead for it to be delayed.
As a constitutional monarch, Queen Elizabeth II has been an almost entirely apolitical figure throughout her 67-year reign, offering little indication of her personal views and never exercising her theoretical powers to veto legislation, in her parliamentary capacity, or to dispense with government ministers, in her executive capacity.
Monarch - State - Functions - Advice - Ministers
Instead, the 93-year-old monarch has always performed her state functions either “on the advice of her ministers” or in accordance with long-standing conventions — the better to serve as a bipartisan representative for the whole nation and, according to some interpretations of the constitution, as a personal embodiment of the people’s sovereignty in the abstract.
This could all change, with a plot by anti-Brexit MPs to use an arcane “humble address” parliamentary procedure to request she travels in person to the next European Union summit in her capacity as Head of State and requests a further delay to Brexit, should the next prime minister attempt to take Britain out of the EU on No Deal terms.
Parliament - Brexit - Passage - European - Union
Parliament already authorised Brexit with the passage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act of 2018, with over 80 per cent of Members of the House of Commons having been elected on manifestos promising to deliver on the 2016 vote to Leave the European Union in the 2017 snap election.
Most parliamentarians are former Remain voters, however, and until now they have been able to successfully put off exit day — orginally scheduled for March 29th 2019 — with the connivance of Prime Minister Theresa May’s government.
Hardline - Remainers - Mrs - May - Successor
Hardline Remainers now fear that Mrs May’s likely successor, former Vote Leave frontman Boris Johnson, will be able to stop MPs from...
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