Can the Queen intervene to stop no deal Brexit?

Tuesday 13th August 2019 17:08 EDT

The issue of ‘no deal ‘Brexit is getting muddier by the day. PM Boris Johnson is intoxicated by power and thinks he can get away with a ‘no deal’ Brexit without the approval of the parliament. 

If he does any such thing, he will create a political and constitutional crisis, then the question would be whether  Her Majesty the Queen can intervene to stop him in his tracks. 

According to former MP George Galloway she has the power to block a Brexit vote deadlock, as UK is a ‘constitutional l country without a constitution’ but he is not sure she will do it. 

Brexit is currently in a state of chaos and many members of the British public have now lost faith in politicians and their ability to deliver Brexit. Queen Elizabeth II has ruled for 67 years, longer than any other British monarch and during which time 13 prime ministers have been in office. 

While officially the Queen, as Head of State, is duty-bound to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters, she does have important ceremonial and formal roles as regards the UK government. The clearest way in which the Queen could stop a no deal Brexit, or Brexit entirely, is if a vote of no confidence was passed in the House of Commons. 

In theory, if a vote of no confidence was passed the Queen might be called upon to choose between two rival claims to form a government. The Queen could then choose a party that wished to stop Brexit or a no deal Brexit. 

If an existing prime minister refused to leave, a strategy mooted by some in recent months, the plan might be to force a general election rather than to let others test whether they could command the confidence of the House. 

The Queen has voiced her frustration with today's politicians and their 'inability to govern correctly', it has been claimed. She is not happy with the MPs arguing all the time. 

The 93-year-old monarch remains scrupulously neutral in public but is said to have told aides of her 'disappointment in the current political class'. She made the comments in 2016 but her feelings have only intensified since then amid endless political turmoil over Brexit, sources told The Sunday Times. 

Royal aides were said to be surprised by her statement, describing the Queen as 'really dismayed' by the state of UK politics.   

It comes amid fears that the Queen will be dragged into the political arena in the lead-up to Britain's October 31 Brexit deadline. It will be a great shame if Boris Johnson drags the Queen into Brexit chaos. I hope the Queen’s message to politicians hits home. 

Baldev Sharma

Rayners Lane, Harrow

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