Boris In Brixton?

British politics is going has gone completely crazy. Headline 1 yesterday:

Defiant Johnson ‘Will Not’ Ask EU for Brexit Delay, Remainers Ready to Take PM to Court

Headline 2:

Boris Johnson ‘could be jailed for refusing to seek Brexit delay’

Headline 3:

BORIS Johnson CAN refuse to delay Brexit despite being threatened with jail, his top aide has claimed.

Headline 4:

Brexit bombshell: Civil servant ‘can sign off delay with EU’ – miss Boris out completely

So we’ve reached the point where our Prime Ministter, Boris Johnson, could be sent to prison if he doesn’t delay Brexit.

I’ve been suggesting that Boris could simply ask the Queen not to assent to the legislation voted by Parliament last week. A growing number of people seem to  agree:

“Her majesty must give royal assent [for bills to be enacted],” noted Olsen. “She has an absolute veto that cannot be overridden by parliament. Traditionally, she has followed her ministers’ advice. Well, her ministers don’t want the bill that has been passed and she has no functioning government.”

Olsen added, “If I were Boris Johnson, I would [tell Queen Elizabeth II], ‘Your ministers recommend that you veto this bill so that you and Britain can have a functioning government. They must either back me, sack me, or go to the people.’ That’s what could happen on Monday, because that is the first working day that the Queen has after the bill passes [the House of Lords].”

The most interesting thing about this is that Boris Johnson has probably already told the Queen exactly this. How come? Because a), he’s been in Scotland:

Boris Johnson grapples with bull during visit to Scotland

And b), he’s been due to stay with the Queen:

The PM was due to arrive at Her Majesty’s Scottish castle retreat tomorrow  [Friday] for the Prime Minister’s traditional three day early Autumn stay.

So it seems to me that he’s probably already seen her, and probably already told her to veto the bill passed in Parliament last week.

We’ll find out tomorrow. But I won’t be in the least bit surprised if, on the advice of her ministers, the Queen vetoes the bill tomorrow, and it does not become law.

The Remainers in Parliament would then have to topple Boris Johnson’s government, and assemble a new set of ministers (in a Corbyn-led government), who will tell the Queen to lift her veto, which she will then do.

But if they topple the government, won’t there have to be a General Election? But Corbyn and the Remainers don’t want an election. And the reason is that they fear that they’ll lose their parliamentary seats in the north of England to an alliance between Nigel Farage’s Brexit party and the Leavers in Boris Johnson’s Conservative party.

I’m not a constitutional expert, of course, so I have no idea what will actually happen. But it seems to me that more or less anything could happen next, including a Remainer Corbyn government, Boris Johnson in Brixton prison (but still Prime Minister), and the Queen in hiding from all the people demanding she listen to them.

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8 Responses to Boris In Brixton?

  1. Ripper says:

    Everyone seems to think that her maj will sign off the bill on Monday, but Boris first has to send it, and there is no time scale specified for doing this. So Boris can just delay sending the bill until the proroguing kicks in. After that, the bill is dead and will never become law. Everyone also seems to think that Boris has no options but there must be a dozen or so different ways to stop the bill.

    • Rose says:

      As far as I know, the Benn Bill isn’t a criminal law and there are no specified penalties for non compliance contained within it. After all no future PM would wish to be thrown in jail on the whim of the Opposition and it would set a very dangerous precedent.

      Labour Governments Forced Queen to Block Numerous Bills
      2 Sept 2019

      “Guido can now reveal there is extensive precedent of Governments asking the Queen to not sign legislation they don’t approve. Anti-Brexit spokesman Tony Blair himself used this power on a number of occasions to “quell politically embarrassing backbench rebellions”. Perhaps most notably to block a bill by Tam Dalyell in 1999 that aimed to give MPs a vote on military action against Saddam Hussein.

      Going further back, Labour PM Harold Wilson used the Queen’s veto to kill off two “politically embarrassing bills” about peerages and Zimbabwean independence, in 1964 and 1969 respectively

      Alastair Campbell has been reacting furiously to Gove’s refusal to commit the government to obeying any law parliament passes; when asked about Blair using the same tactic, he conveniently failed to recall the case…”

      • Timothy Goodacre says:

        There is nothing these remainer elites won’t stoop to, to keep their snouts in the EU trough. Alistair Campbell is a fine example.

  2. jaxthefirst says:

    I thought that the necessity for the Queen’s assent in order for an Act to be passed was done away with under the Maastricht Treaty? Or does that only apply to laws that emanate from the EU, not those initiated purely by our own politicians in respect of matters happening here in the UK alone. Anybody know?

    • Rose says:

      When asked about this very matter by Bill Cash in Parliament, Bercow, who is a law untio himself these days, said it wasn’t necessary in this case, which didn’t appear to convince anyone.

      I learnt from the butchering of Nigel Farage’s speeches by the MSM, if you want to know what was really said, you have to watch the whole thing as it happens, rather than edited soundbites that suit the broadcasters slant.

      As I understand the various arguments, proper laws have to put forward by the Government, which that rag tag collection of malicious malevolents were not, even though Bercow gave them the floor.

    • Rose says:

      Remainers to bulldoze through Boris’ Brexit plan as they force two emergency debates TODAY
      Mon, Sep 9, 2019

      “THE battle between Parliament and Boris Johnson is poised to take another twist today with the so-called “rebel alliance” requesting emergency debates aimed at forcing the Government to publish further paperwork related to no-deal planning, and ensuring the Prime Minister adheres to the rule of law.”

      Luckily I have a lot of handsewing to do today so I can sit infront of Parliament TV for hours and see what the blighters are up to.

  3. Frank Davis says:


    As of Friday, September 6, an extension of three months to prevent the U.K. leaving the E.U. without a deal passed the Houses of Commons and Lords. In order for that legislation to become law, there must be consent by the monarch – in this case, Queen Elizabeth II. Once she assents, the bill becomes law.

    While most everyone is considering her assent a formality on Monday, it should not quite yet be considered a fait accompli. The queen can lawfully refuse assent or delay her approval, which would effectively veto the bill and keep it from becoming law, thereby paving the way to a No Deal Brexit on October 31.

    There are two occasions when the monarch can and should, according to most academic experts in the matter, refuse assent.

    According to Anne Twomey, professor of constitutional law at the the University of Sydney in her book The Veiled Sceptre, the first occasion is that where a “serious error is discovered in the bill.” No one is arguing that there is an error in the Remainers’ meticulously crafted bill of extension.

    But the second occasion in relation to royal assent, “the predominant academic view … is that the Sovereign … must act upon the advice of responsible ministers.”

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