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UK News'Absolutely not': PM Johnson denies lying to Queen Elizabeth in Brexit crisis

15:00  12 september  2019
15:00  12 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Sticking to Brexit plan, Johnson will not seek a delay

Sticking to Brexit plan, Johnson will not seek a delay Sticking to Brexit plan, Johnson will not seek a delay

Boris Johnson has denied lying to the Queen over the advice he gave her over the five-week suspension of Parliament. The prime minister was speaking after Scotland's highest civil court ruled on Wednesday the shutdown was unlawful. Asked whether he had lied to the monarch about his

Queen Elizabeth is supposed to remain neutral, but some saw a veiled reference to Brexit in a recent speech. But this week even the queen was drawn into Britain’s constitutional turmoil, after a prominent lawmaker suggested she employ a royal prerogative that has not been used for centuries

'Absolutely not': PM Johnson denies lying to Queen Elizabeth in Brexit crisis © Reuters/PHIL NOBLE Vehicles pass beneath a sign warning of possible changes to freight procedures following Brexit on the M56 motorway near Chester, Britain

By Andrew MacAskill and Guy Faulconbridge

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday denied lying to Queen Elizabeth over the reasons for suspending the British parliament after a court ruled his decision was unlawful and opponents called for lawmakers to be recalled to discuss Brexit.

'Absolutely not': PM Johnson denies lying to Queen Elizabeth in Brexit crisis © Reuters/PHIL NOBLE Vehicles pass beneath a sign warning of possible changes to freight procedures following Brexit on the M56 motorway near Chester, Britain

Since Johnson won the top job in July, Britain's Brexit crisis has spun more furiously, leaving investors and allies bewildered by an array of decisions that have pushed the once stable political system to its limits.

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Boris Johnson Denies Lying to Queen Over Suspension: Brexit A Northern Irish court ruled that a no-deal Brexit wouldn’t violate the Good Friday peace accord, handing Prime Minister Boris Johnson a legal victory in one of a string of cases related to his plans to leave the European Union.

Boris Johnson has said "there is a way" of getting a new Brexit deal, as he defended the decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks. The PM said "loads of people" wanted an agreement, but he was prepared to leave without one if " absolutely necessary". Parliament will not resume sitting until 14

Parliament was prorogued - suspended - on Monday until Oct. 14, a move Johnson's opponents said was designed to thwart their attempts to scrutinise his plans for leaving the European Union and to allow him to push through a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31.

'Absolutely not': PM Johnson denies lying to Queen Elizabeth in Brexit crisis © Reuters/Pascal Rossignol FILE PHOTO: Lorries queue on the Dunkirk-Calais motorway as French Customs Officers increase their controls on transported goods to protest the lack of ressources as the Brexit date approaches, in Saint-Folquin

Scotland's highest court of appeal ruled on Wednesday that the suspension was not lawful and was intended to stymie lawmakers, prompting opponents to question whether Johnson had lied to Elizabeth, the world's longest reining monarch, who must formally order the prorogation.

Brexit crisis deepens, court rules parliament suspension unlawful

Brexit crisis deepens, court rules parliament suspension unlawful Brexit crisis deepens, court rules parliament suspension unlawful

Media captionBoris Johnson told Leo Varadkar a no-deal Brexit would be "a failure of statecraft". The government has described the law - which would force the PM to seek a Brexit delay if MPs Downing Street has accused Labour of denying the public the right to have a say and is arguing that

Britain's Queen Elizabeth gave her approval Monday to legislation seeking to block Prime Minister Boris Johnson from carrying out a no-deal Brexit , his plan to FILE - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II welcomes Boris Johnson , then newly-elected leader of the Conservative party, during an audience at

"Absolutely not," Johnson said when asked if he had misled the queen, who is widely respected for more than 67 years of dedicated service during which she has stayed above the fray of politics.

Johnson said the current session of parliament was longer than any since the English Civil war in the 17th Century, adding that lawmakers would have plenty of time to again discuss Brexit after an EU summit on Oct. 17-18.

He says parliament was suspended to allow the government to present its legislative programme.

With less than 50 days until the United Kingdom is due to leave, the government and parliament are locked in conflict over the future of Brexit, with possible outcomes ranging from leaving without a deal to another referendum.

A 'no-deal' Brexit could snarl cross-Channel trade routes, disrupting supplies of medicines and fresh food while protests spread across Britain, according to a worst-case scenario reluctantly released by the government on Wednesday.

Adding to Brexit chaos, Scottish court rules parliament suspension ‘unlawful’

Adding to Brexit chaos, Scottish court rules parliament suspension ‘unlawful’ A Scottish court ruled on Wednesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament was unlawful, prompting immediate calls for lawmakers to return to work as the executive and legislative battle over the future of Brexit. Scotland's highest court of appeal ruled that Johnson's decision to prorogue, or suspend, parliament from Monday until Oct. 14 was unlawful – a blow for the government as it seeks to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without a deal.

As he navigates the Brexit storm, Johnson was due to suspend parliament for over a month from today after it “I’m absolutely undaunted by whatever may take place in parliament,” Johnson said in Dublin ahead of talks Since then, Britain’s three-year Brexit crisis has stepped up a gear, leaving

The move means the PM will not attempt again to force a snap general election in October if MPs "All leaders agreed that they would not support Boris Johnson 's ploy to deny the people their decision by of his Brexit negotiation team or his own defiance of the legal requirement to extend Brexit talks.

'Absolutely not': PM Johnson denies lying to Queen Elizabeth in Brexit crisis © Reuters/Benoit Tessier FILE PHOTO: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney attends a conference in Paris

The "Operation Yellowhammer" assumptions, prepared six weeks ago just days after Johnson became prime minister, form the basis of government no-deal planning.

'Absolutely not': PM Johnson denies lying to Queen Elizabeth in Brexit crisis © Reuters/FRANCOIS LENOIR EU Parliament President Sassoli addresses a news conference in Brussels

"SIGNIFICANT GAPS"

Johnson has repeatedly said he will seek to strike a deal at the EU summit to remove the Irish border backstop, an insurance agreement to prevent the return of border controls between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. British lawmakers fear the backstop will lock the United Kingdom into the EU's orbit for years to come.

'Absolutely not': PM Johnson denies lying to Queen Elizabeth in Brexit crisis © Reuters/FRANCOIS LENOIR EU Parliament President Sassoli arrives to address a news conference in Brussels

The European Union would respond positively if the British government shifts its position in Brexit talks in the coming weeks, Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said.

But Coveney said that there were "significant gaps" between British proposals and what Ireland and the EU would consider. He said the threat of a no-deal Brexit might help make the British debate "more honest".

Boris Johnson berated live on Facebook over 'unlawful' prorogation advice given to Queen

Boris Johnson berated live on Facebook over 'unlawful' prorogation advice given to Queen Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was berated live on Facebook on Wednesday evening by people angry with him after a Scottish court said the advice Mr. Johnson provided to the Queen over the decision to prorogue parliament was "unlawful".

It was unclear what Johnson ’s next move in the Brexit crisis would be: while the law will oblige him The bill seeking to block a no-deal exit, passed into law on Monday when it received assent from Queen Elizabeth , will force Johnson “I’m absolutely undaunted by whatever may take place in parliament

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday he would not request an extension to Brexit , hours after a law came into force demanding that he delay Britain's departure from the Under Johnson ’s premiership, Britain’s three-year Brexit crisis has stepped up a gear, leaving financial markets and

Belfast's High Court dismissed on Thursday a case arguing that a British exit from the European Union without a withdrawal agreement would contravene Northern Ireland's 1998 peace accord.

'Absolutely not': PM Johnson denies lying to Queen Elizabeth in Brexit crisis © Reuters/VINCENT KESSLER Italian MEP David-Maria Sassoli (S&D Group) reacts after being elected new president of the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Johnson said the government is waiting to hear an appeal next week against the Scottish court ruling by the Supreme Court, the United Kingdom’s highest judicial body, and he respected the independence of the judges.

'Absolutely not': PM Johnson denies lying to Queen Elizabeth in Brexit crisis © Reuters/Hannah Mckay FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing an Irish flag and a man wearing an EU flag demonstrate in front of the parliament at Westminster, in London

Last week, the High Court of England and Wales rejected a similar challenge by campaigners, saying it was a political not a judicial matter.

"Indeed, as I say, the High Court in England plainly agrees with us, but the Supreme Court will have to decide," Johnson said. Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the ruling, saying it is a matter for the government.

But the publication of the government's no-deal Brexit scenario prompted calls from Labour and other opposition parties for parliament to be recalled.

(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; additional reporting by Paul Sandle and Michael Holden in London, Amanda Ferguson in Belfast, Conor Humphries in Dublin and Alissa de Carbonnel and Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels; Editing by Peter Graff and Giles Elgood)

'Absolutely not': PM Johnson denies lying to Queen Elizabeth in Brexit crisis © Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE Britain's PM Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street from the rear entrance door, in London

Boris Johnson has denied lying to the Queen and some people are not convinced.
Boris Johnson’s attempt to downplay fears that he misled the Queen has not gone well. On Wednesday, a court ruling deemed Johnson’s five-week suspension of parliament “unlawful” and raised the possibility that the prime minister had lied to the Queen to convince her to agree to the prorogation of parliament. But when asked on Thursday whether he misled the monarch, Johnson said: Absolutely not. The High Court in England plainly agrees with us but the Supreme Court will have to decide. We need a Queen's Speech, we need to get on and do all sorts of things at a national level.

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