Britain's ex-Prime Minister John Major appears on the Marr Show on BBC television in London, Britain. File photo/ Reuters
Former British Prime Minister John Major would be willing to go to court to block a new leader from delivering a no-deal Brexit by suspending parliament, saying he would act to prevent the queen from being dragged into a constitutional crisis.
Boris Johnson, the favourite to become the next prime minister, has refused to rule out suspending parliament to ensure Britain leaves the European Union on Oct.31, with or without a deal.
Major told BBC Radio on Wednesday that Queen Elizabeth would have to approve any request to prorogue parliament.
“In order to close down parliament the prime minister would have to go to her Majesty the Queen and ask for her permission to prorogue,” he said. “If her first minister asks for that permission it is almost inconceivable that the queen will do anything other than grant it.
“She is then in the midst of a constitutional controversy that no serious politician should put the queen in the middle of.
“If that were to happen there would be a queue of people who would seek judicial review. I for one would be prepared to go and seek judicial review.”
London’s High Court on Friday rejected a legal challenge against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament before Brexit, but said it could be taken to the Supreme Court for an appeal, the BBC said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government will seek to persuade Britain’s top court this week that his decision to suspend parliament until shortly before the date for Brexit was not illegal as Scottish judges concluded last week.
Britain’s Supreme Court will rule on Tuesday whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in suspending parliament, in a seismic case that could have profound implications
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