Boris Johnson challenged at hustings on Brexit money for Wales

Posted July 13, 2019

Former prime minister John Major yesterday vowed to go to court to block his party colleague Boris Johnson from suspending parliament and dragging the Queen into a constitutional crisis to deliver a no-deal Brexit.

A move to send lawmakers home early - known as proroguing Parliament - would require the formal approval of Queen Elizabeth II.

Johnson has not ruled out proroguing, despite former prime minister Sir John Major warning that he will launch judicial review proceedings if he does.

He said no serious politician should put in the queen in the middle of a "constitutional controversy", and said the idea of prorogation was against parliamentary tradition.

"All too often, those who see it as a position of power see it as about themselves and not about the people they are serving", she said.

"I for one would be prepared to go and seek judicial review to prevent Parliament being bypassed", he added.

According to overnight figures from the broadcaster, Britain's Next Prime Minister: The ITV Debate - which saw Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt go head to head - drew an average of 4.3 million viewers.

The Member for Beaconsfield has urged the next Prime Minister to reconsider forcing through a no-deal Brexit if he is unable to win a vote in Parliament.

"When that has happened in the past, when Parliament has been shut down against its will, we actually had a civil war", Mr Hunt said.

Speaking to POLITICO as the news broke that Sir Kim resigned, Conservative Party leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson said that he "can't dissent" on the President's verdict on Brexit.

"But if a female prime minister does it, it is 'Why is she crying?"', she said.

Clark told Sky News, "It's evident that if you have the disruption that comes from a no-deal Brexit there will be people that will lose their jobs".

The ability to leave the European Union by October 31 has been a major issue in the Tory leadership contest.

Although the process could be completed by Mrs May, Mr Johnson supporters say he should decide who replaces him.

"We will get a deal by October 31st", Mr Johnson said.

A source from Johnson's immediate area tells the BBC that Major is "completely crazy" and that "he has clearly become completely insane due to the Brexit".

Alison Phillips, Editor of the Daily Mirror, stepped in, questioning whether Mr Johnson was the right person for the job.