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Former UK PM Major vows legal action to block suspension of parliament

Former UK PM Major vows legal action to block suspension of parliament”

Johnson dismissed Major's "very odd" threat of being dragged through the courts, insisting that Parliament should accept its responsibility to deliver Brexit.

Member of parliament Boris Johnson, popular to win a Conservative head election and to become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom, has reiterated his refusal to rule out the suspension of parliament in order to deliver no-deal Brexit to ensure Britain leaves the European Union (EU) as scheduled on October 31, with or without Brexit deal.

Major told BBC Radio on Wednesday that Queen Elizabeth would have to approve any request to prorogue parliament.

Mr Johnson would need to seek permission from the Queen, but it is thought she is unlikely to block the move.

"The idea of proroguing parliament is utterly and totally unacceptable from any British parliamentarian or democrat", Major said. I think there would be a queue of people who would seek judicial review.

"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.

While it is essentially up to the prime minister to make the decision, Major, an opponent of Brexit who has not shied away for criticising his party on the issue, said it would require the queen's blessing.

He made the comments during a televised head-to-head debate with his rival Jeremy Hunt, amid a day of high drama which saw Donald Trump describe Sir Kim as a "pompous fool" and a "very stupid guy" who had been foisted on the US.

"I seem to recall that the Brexiteers, led by Mr Johnson, actually campaigned in the referendum for the sovereignty of parliament".

But Mr Johnson said: "I'm not going to take anything off the table, any more than I'm going to take no-deal off the table".

But Mr Johnson said it would be "presumptuous" of him to commit to keeping the ambassador on and criticised the leaking of the cables.

Major said "we carried the election until nearly the very last date" and it was an "absurd charge".

The UK was meant to leave the European Union on March 29, but the date was extended until October 31 after Prime Minister Theresa May's withdrawal agreement was defeated three times in parliament. While Hunt, the current foreign secretary, prompted laughter from the studio audience after saying of Johnson: "You ask him a question, he puts a smile on your face and you forget the question".

"National leaders look first at the interests of the country, not first at the interests of themselves and appealing to a particular part of a small electorate for a particular post, however important that post may be".

In an extraordinary onslaught against an ally, Mr Trump used a Twitter post to attack the Prime Minister over Brexit, accusing her of ignoring his advice and "going her own foolish way".



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