Former Conservative Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine Condemns Decision to Prorogue Parliament

Michael Heseltine, the former Conservative Party Deputy Prime Minister, has issued a statement condemning the Government’s request to prorogue Parliament, which has been accepted by HM Queen Elizabeth II.

He said:

“On hearing the news whilst on holiday in Montenegro, I am appalled by the government’s announcement. The government’s decision is a constitutional outrage. A government which is frightened of parliament is frightened of democracy. I hope that every member of parliament, in feeling this humiliation, will use every legal and constitutional weapon to obstruct a government proposing to force on the British people a historic change for which they have long since lost any mandate.”

Monarch Grants Request to Suspend Parliament

HM Queen Elizabeth II has accepted the request of Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, to prorogue Parliament, despite opposition to the plans from the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Constitutional Crisis for Monarch as Prime Minister Asks for Parliament to be Suspended

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has called HM Queen Elizabeth II to suspend Parliament causing a constitutional crisis for the Monarch. John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, has said that the request from the Prime Minister is a “constitutional outrage”. The Prime Minister said that the decision still allowed time to discuss Brexit, but that it would allow the Government to pursue a new domestic agenda in Parliament.

The Monarch has yet to issue a statement on what her decision will be, but Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has called the request as “reckless” Philip Hammond, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, called the decision “profoundly undemocratic”. Jo Swinson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has also confirmed that she is writing to the Queen to complain about the request.

John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, said on Twitter:

“Make no mistake, this is a very British coup. Whatever one’s views on Brexit, once you allow a Prime Minister to prevent the full and free operation of our democratic institutions you are on a very precarious path.”

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, said that the move was “dictatorship”.

Mark Drakeford, the First Minister of Wales, said on Twitter:

“Boris Johnson fought a referendum campaign to put power back in the hands of Parliament and now he wants the Queen to close the doors on our democracy. The Leave campaign claims are unravelling. It’s time to put this to the people.”

Republic, the campaign to end the Monarchy, said in a statement:

“Already people are petitioning the Queen to intervene, but she won’t. Not because she can’t, but because the Queen’s first priority is always the preservation of the monarchy. But Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament has created a unique crisis for the Queen. The convention is that the Queen does as she’s told by the PM. But in normal times the PM has the full support of a majority in the Commons.”

Simon Clarke, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said on Twitter:

“In 400 years we haven’t had a session of Parliament that’s lasted as long as this. We need a Queen’s Speech to set out a bold agenda for after we leave the EU – on policing, infrastructure and the NHS. And there will still be time for a Withdrawal Agreement if terms are agreed.”

Boris Johnson is the New Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister

Boris Johnson has been confirmed as the new leader of the Conservative Party and the next Prime Minister. He will formally replace Theresa May tomorrow, on Wednesday 24 July 2019, when he visits Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen.

Boris Johnson beat Jeremy Hunt following a postal vote of the party’s members by 92,153 votes to 46,656.

HM Queen Confirms the Appointment of 4 New Privy Counsellors

HM Queen has confirmed the appointment of four new privy counsellors.

The four individuals appointed are:

Sir Peter Coulson – an appeal court judge.

Robert Goodwill MP – the Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby and a Minister of State at the Department for Education.

Sir George Andrew Midsomer Leggatt -a Lord Justice of Appeal.

Kevan Jones MP – the Labour MP for North Durham.

Jeremy Corbyn Suggests Queen Should Apologise over Tax Arrangements

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has suggested that the Queen should apologise over tax arrangements that have been revealed as part of the Paradise Papers document release. The Paradise Papers are private documents relating to offshore investments which have been placed into the public domain.

When asked about tax avoidance at the CBI conference, Corbyn replied:

“Anyone putting money into tax havens in order to avoid taxation in Britain – and obviously investigations have to take place – should do two things. They should not just apologise for it but also recognise what it does to our society”.

Corbyn also called on an inquiry to be launched into the current state of offshore investments. When asked if that inquiry should include the Monarchy, Corbyn replied:

“Everybody. The Royal Household are subject to taxation. I don’t know what has happened in that case. These issues all must be part of that”.

Prime Minister Confirms Longer Licensing Hours on Queen’s 90th Birthday

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David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has confirmed that licensed premises will be able to open longer to help celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

In an announcement a spokesman for the Prime Minister said:

“Subject to the normal consultation processes, pubs which are licensed to trade until 11pm will be allowed to open to 1am on Saturday 11 June and 1am on Sunday 12 June.

The government will consult on the proposals with relevant parties including licensing authorities, industry and community groups in the normal way”.

Nick Clegg and Buckingham Palace Dismiss Sun Story on Brexit

Queen Elizabeth II visits a new maternity ward at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

Nick Clegg, the former Deputy Prime Minister, and a spokesman for HM Queen Elizabeth II, have rejected a story by the Sun newspaper that the Monarch backed the UK leaving the EU.

The newspaper reported that the Queen had made her views known at a gathering which was attended by Nick Clegg. The Sun, which has declined to name a source behind the story, said:

“The 89-year-old monarch firmly told passionate pro-European Mr Clegg that she believed the EU was heading in the wrong direction”.

Nick Clegg said today on Twitter:

“Re Sun story. As I told the journalist this is nonsense. I’ve no recollection of this happening & its not the sort of thing I would forget”.

A spokesman for the Monarch said:

“The Queen remains politically neutral as she has for 63 years. We will not comment on spurious, anonymously sourced claims. The referendum is a matter for the British people to decide”.