21 Jan 19
BREXIT plotters are dragging the QUEEN into politics, a former adviser to the Government has warned.
Expert Sir Stephen Laws QC said moves to take control of Parliament would break promises not to involve the monarch in party politics and would risk utter chaos.
The Queen could be asked to intervene in Brexit, an expert warned today
Remainers are on course to launch a fresh power grab today by changing Government legislation to delay Brexit for months.
But Sir Stephen said the Queen could be asked to be the “ultimate referee” and could withold royal assent for a Brexit bill – something which hasn’t happened in more than 300 years.
He said this morning there could be “horrific, constitutional consequences”.
Writing for Policy Exchange think tank he added: “It is a sacred duty of all UK politicians not to involve the monarch in politics. They have a constitutional responsibility to resolve difficulties between themselves in accordance with the rules, and so as not to call on the ultimate referee.
“However, might not a Government in that situation think that this was precisely the last resort for which the Royal Assent process is retained?
“How should the monarch react to such advice? The answer is not straightforward, and the prospect of it needing to be considered in a real-life political crisis is unthinkably awful.”
Ringleader of one of the wrecking changes, Dominic Grieve, will try and give MPs the power to keep Britain in the EU.
If his amendment is successful then it means that just 300 MPs could stop Brexit and delay it until next year – or even longer.
[boxout headline=”MPs’ plans to tie May’s hands on Brexit explained”]THERESA May will today make a statement in the Commons on the way forward for Brexit – as is legally required after her defeat last week.
Then on Tuesday January 29, the PM must hold a debate where MPs will have their say on her plan.
Although the debate will be on a so-called “neutral motion”, stating only that the Commons has considered her statement, MPs will have the power to table amendments dictating what should happen next.
GRIEVE AMENDMENT – WRECKING BREXIT
Dominic Grieve has proposed an amendment which would effectively transfer power from the Government to the Commons.
Under the terms of his proposal, Article 50 could be suspended indefinitely – keeping us in the EU – on the say-so of 300 MPs, which is less than a majority.
The MPs would have to come from at least five different parties, with a minimum of five Conservatives involved.
The amendment would tear up centuries of precedent by limiting the Government’s ability to govern and so is unlikely to succeed.
COOPER BILL – NINE-MONTH DELAY
Yvette Cooper is tabling a bill to stop Britain leaving the EU without a deal on March 29.
She proposes that if there isn’t a deal by February 26, MPs could delay Article 50 for nine months – giving ministers until the end of the 2019 to secure a withdrawal agreement.
The bill is a standalone law, but an amendment to the PM’s statement could see it catapulted to the top of the Commons agenda.
Jeremy Corbyn is considering supporting the move, which would give it a good chance of passing.
DROMEY/SPELMAN AMENDMENT – BLOCKING NO DEAL
Tory Caroline Spelman and Labour’s Jack Dromey have a separate amendment to prevent a No Deal outcome.
The pair, who both represent Britain’s industrial heartland in the Midlands, would simply see the Government declare that Britain won’t quit the EU until a deal is in place.
CABLE AMENDMENT – SECOND REFERENDUM
Lib Dem boss Vince Cable has come up with a way of forcing a second referendum on Brexit via a Commons amendment.
The motion would see Mrs May’s deal approved, but only on the condition that the Government holds a referendum letting the public choose between her plan and staying in the EU.
Brexiteer Anne-Marie Trevelyan blasted: “Grieve’s desire to reverse the referendum result – as well as his own vote to trigger Article 50 – is such an impossible case to argue that he’s decided to tear up the British constitution instead.
“It would be a very bitter, twisted and dangerous development if 300 MPs could overturn the will of 498 MPs who voted to trigger Article 50, not to mention the 17.4million who voted for Brexit.”
A separate attempt to rule out a No Deal Brexit is being launched by another cross-party group of senior MPs.
Labour’s Yvette Cooper and Tory Nick Boles have drawn up a bill which would see Article 50 delayed until the end of the year if there isn’t a Brexit deal by the end of next month.
It’s backed by other veteran figures such as Hilary Benn, Nicky Morgan and Oliver Letwin – and Jeremy Corbyn could throw his weight behind it too.
The Queen could be asked to weigh in on leaving the EU
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Ms Cooper today claimed Mrs May is keen for the bill to succeed because she secretly wants No Deal off the table.
She told the BBC: “I think she knows that she should rule out No Deal in the national interest because it would be so damaging.
“She’s refusing to do so and I think she’s hoping that Parliament will do this for her – that is not leadership.”
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