Dominic Grieve (OGL)

Dominic Grieve (OGL)

Former Attorney General and Remainer Tory MP Dominic Grieve claims that it is not too late to stop a no deal Brexit.


Talking to Channel 4 news, Dominic Grieve said that claims by Dominic Cummings, the new adviser to Boris Johnson, that a no deal Brexit could not be stopped were wrong.

"He's wrong about that." Said Grieve, "It can be stopped. It can be stopped in a number of ways. They're not necessarily simple or straightforward ways, but the idea that the Prime Minister has unlimited power to crash us out on the 31st of October whatever the House of Commons decides to do, is totally mistaken and a fantasy idea. It's just not the case."

And when the interviewer, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, asked him how can it be stopped, Grieve replied:

"The idea that he can just sit back and say 'I won't co-operate, I won't do anything and I'm not going to resign' is fanciful. He would have to resign and if he didn't resign and there was an alternative government presented, which had the support of the House of Commons, in extremis the Queen would have to sack him!"

He then went on to say that he didn't want the Queen politicised in this way but she did have a number of duties, this country is a constitutional monarchy he said, and the queen is not a decorative extra.

And one of her prerogative powers, he said, was that of appointing prime ministers and getting rid of Prime Ministers who no longer have the support of the House.

Now, although I'm not a qualified lawyer, I would point out that under the Fixed Term Parliament Act there is already a legislative way of getting rid of Prime Ministers. A vote of no confidence followed by two weeks for the PM to regain the confidence of the House of Commons and if not a General Election is called.

That is the law that his parliament passed and I would assume it receive the Royal Consent to interfere with the Royal Prerogative prior to being signed off by Her majesty and given Royal Assent.

I would argue that the Queen could only step in if Boris refused to initiate a general election after those two weeks.

And I don't hear Dominic Grieve bleating about the Remainer case that's been lodged with the Court of Sessions in Edinburgh to interfere with the Royal Prerogative that allows the Queen to prorogue Parliament, do you?

Further, if memory serves, he was the Attorney General when the Fixed term Parliament Act 2011 went through Parliament.

Remainer politicians have used and bent just about every trick in the book they can – and more. Now one of them moans when the prime Minister intends to use a Statute law as written and passed by Parliament.

Now Dominic Grieve knows that, if Boris Johnson loses a vote of no confidence and stays for the two weeks without MPs voting to overturn that vote of no confidence with a vote of confidence, then Boris can go to the Queen and ask her to prorogue and dissolve parliament by Royal Proclamation in accordance with the Fixed Term Parliament Act.

And he also knows that, once that's done all MPs cease to be Members of Parliament – but all ministers retain their jobs until after the general election is complete and the leader of the winning party is asked to form a new government.

That would therefore leave the Boris Johnson government free to oversee a no deal Brexit in the interim with no interference from Remainer MPs.

Bring it on I say!


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