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
Boris Johnson ‘could be jailed for refusing to seek Brexit delay’
BORIS Johnson CAN refuse to delay Brexit despite being threatened with jail, his top aide has claimed.
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.