Government Entitled to Ask Queen Not to Give Assent to Brexit Wreckers’ Bills

Devastating argument from Policy Exchange this morning. Sir Stephen Laws QC – who was until 2012 the Government’s most senior lawyer on legislative and constitutional matters – says don’t assume that MPs could engineer a change to the law to postpone or cancel Brexit without persuading Government to acquiesce and participate in securing the change.

Attempting to change the law without the Government’s participation, he argues, could jeopardise fundamental constitutional principles based on centuries of history, especially if the Speaker dispenses with or ignores a rule that gives Government complete control over increases to public expenditure.

Sir Stephen Writes:

“If the Speaker chose to allow this rule to be dispensed with or ignored, that could have unpredictable, and potentially horrific, constitutional consequences. It could raise a question whether the Government would be entitled or might feel required to reassert its constitutional veto by advising the Queen not to grant Royal Assent to the Bill.

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. 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.”

If the Speaker and Dominic Grieve are going to vandalise the constitution and overturn established parliamentary conventions, don’t expect the government to just roll over. The Attorney General Geoffrey Cox will be studying this argument closely as no doubt will the Brexit sympathetic Queen. Bercow is only the Prince of Parliament, though he might not want to believe, the Queen still outranks him constitutionally. Grieve isn’t as clever as he thinks he is…

Top Corbynista Compares Mugabe to The Queen

The hottest of hot takes on Mugabe’s resignation from Corbyn’s ex-spokesman Steve Howell, who compared the outgoing Zimbabwean despot to Her Maj:

They know Zanu PF are socialists right?

Corbyn Suggests Queen Should Apologise

Hang on a minute, does this mean Corbyn thinks McDonnell should apologise for his pension investments being managed offshore?

YouGov: Brits Believe Her Majesty Backs Brexit

According to YouGov over three-quarters of those who expressed an opinion think Her Maj backs Brexit. Of course she does…

Queen Visits Hospital

The Queen visits children in a Manchester hospital:

“You were able to enjoy the concert at least, weren’t you?”

May at Palace to Mark Dissolution of Parliament

Theresa May has just left Downing Street to meet The Queen at Buckingham Palace. This tradition marks the dissolution of Parliament which occurred at 00.01 this morning. MPs are no longer MPs, now they’re just like all of us…

May is due to speak when she returns to Downing Street shortly.

Clegg “Queen Backs Brexit” Row Not Dunn Yet

Nick Clegg has finally admitted a “grumpy” Queen Elizabeth did attack the EU over a lunch with him, a vindicated Sun reports today. The paper quotes Kevin Maguire’s New Statesman column which disclosed:

“Nick Clegg, who was also at the infamous 2011 Windsor Castle lunch, maintains that Her Majesty was merely grumpy about Europe and regretted the eclipse of the Commonwealth”.

Clegg took to Twitter last night to deny this new line: “I didn’t speak to Maguire and I didn’t tell friends Queen was grumpy.” The Sun‘s political editor Tom Newton Dunn asked why Clegg’s spokesman refused to make that denial on the record, to which Clegg did not reply. Clegg has changed his tune over the paper’s bombshell “Queen Backs Brexit” splash. When the story first broke he said he had “no recollection” of the royal conversation.

Newton Dunn says Clegg later hardened his line at the behest of Cameron spinners to claim the story was “nonsense” and “not true“. Now the New Statesman reports he has admitted to friends the Queen did criticise Europe after all, but he denies it. Coincidentally Maguire’s column also names one Bill Newton Dunn, a former LibDem MEP, as being present at the infamous royal lunch…

Source Told Laura K Queen DID Back Brexit at Private Lunch

Remember when Nick Clegg accused Michael Gove of lying about the Queen backing Brexit at a private lunch at Windsor Castle? Well, BBC political editor Laura Kuennsberg has revealed a source came to her with the same story before she was scooped by the Sun:

“In a casual chat with one of my contacts, they said: Do you know what? At some point this is going to come out, and I’m telling you now and I don’t know if the BBC would touch it, but the Queen told people at a private lunch that she thinks that we should leave the EU. Apparently at this lunch she said ‘I don’t see why we can’t just get out. What’s the problem?’ My jaw hit the floor. Very sadly, I only had one source. I spent the next few days trying to prove it. I couldn’t find the evidence. Lo and behold, a couple of months later, someone else did. Of course then ensued a huge row between that newspaper and the Palace over what had really been said or not said.”

Who to believe, Laura K and her sources and The Sun and their sources, or Nick Clegg…

Cameron’s Empty Schedule

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWh1nQqjT-g&feature=youtu.be

“Other than one meeting this afternoon, the diary for the rest of my day is remarkably light.” Classy…

Happy Brexit Ma’am

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Is it just Guido or does the Queen’s smile in this latest photograph look broader than usual? Happy Brexit ma’am!

Queen Questions Remaining

The Queen asks

“Give me three good reasons why Britain should be part of Europe.”

Corbyn Clapped Commie Leader For Refusing to Toast the Queen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjCPm09o9iM&feature=youtu.be

Footage has emerged of Jeremy Corbyn applauding the leader of the Communist Party of Britain for refusing to toast the Queen. It happened at the Oxford Union in 2013, when Tory MP Andrew Rosindell told the audience that Communist general secretary Robert Griffiths “didn’t toast the Queen prior to the debate this evening”. Corbyn, who was sitting next to Griffiths, responded by joining a small number of republican audience members in enthusiastically clapping his comrade. Put on a proper suit, do up your tie and toast Her Majesty…

Gove Turns His Back on Monarchy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4nvnS7rWLc&rel=0

Gove, a massive Game of Thrones fan, turns his back on the monarch on her throne. Royal etiquette dictates one must never turn their back on the reigning monarch. Still annoyed about that Brexit denial?

Boris: “Prayer Is All That’s Going To Be Left If We Don’t Vote Leave”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80gPH1RXdzU

Boris responds to the ABC’s intervention on immigration:

“As for the Archbishop of Canterbury, I don’t know what the Bible says on this issue. If we don’t get out… I think that prayer is all that’s going to be left if we fail to vote leave on June 23rd. And I’m sure that he will lead the nation in prayers, but I hope that won’t be necessary.”

Boris went on to describe the Remain campaign as “gloomadon poppers”. Defined by his office as “people who habitually put out negative news”…

Clegg Doesn’t Deny Queen Backs Brexit

Tomorrow’s Sun claims the Queen “spoke with venom and emotion” during a bust-up with Nick Clegg in which she apparently backed Brexit. This is Clegg’s very carefully worded response:

“I have absolutely no recollection of it. I don’t have a photographic memory. But I think I would have remembered something as stark or significant as you have made it out to be. No doubt you’ll speak to someone else and they’ll say, ‘I was there I heard it’. Fine. But I really can’t remember it at all. Anyway, without sounding pompous, I find it rather distasteful to reveal conversations with the Queen.”

Not an outright denial…

Corbyn Cowardly Avoids Queen

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Jeremy Corbyn is making excuses for missing his first Privy Council meeting and investiture kneeling at the feet of the Queen. Claiming a diary clash he could join the Privy Council without attending in a procedure usually reserved for people who are overseas. Guido suspects that the palace will compromise and spare Comrade Corbyn’s blushes rather than allow it to become a point of political controversy. Guido would have more respect for Corbyn’s republicanism if he openly said that as a democrat he wasn’t going to kneel in front of an unelected hereditary monarch. Claiming a diary clash is cowardly…

Taiwanese View on Migrant Crisis

Those crazy Taiwanese video guys have a controversial take on the migrant crisis:

The Queen handing out cash in a Job Centre is a particular highlight…

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For some reason Churchill is chasing away migrants with a pitchfork…

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As ever, a helpful contribution to the debate…

Friday Caption Contest: And What Do You Do? Edition

Entries in the comments please…

EU Forces Elected Government to Renege on Queen’s Speech Promise

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The government will be forced to back track on their Queen’s Speech promise not to raise VAT following a European decree. The decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union to ban the UK’s 5% rate of VAT on the supply and installation of energy-saving materials will force the government to raise VAT to the standard 20% rate. Unelected pen-pushers over-ruling a democratically elected government just weeks after an election.

The CJEU has form with these types of judgements, last year forcing Poland to apply the full rate of VAT to fire protection equipment. One for Dave to bring up with his new German friends. 

Why Are the SNP Wearing White Roses?

Invoking the glorious ’45, the 56 SNP MPs have turned up to the Queen’s Speech wearing white roses: the Jacobite symbol.

As the Queen visits Parliament, they seem to be calling for the restoration of the House of Stuart:

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