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Queen ‘will not be amused’ after Boris Johnson ‘lied’ about prorogation motive

Boris Johnson was last night accused of telling the Queen lies about his motive for suspending Parliament for five weeks.

Judges ruled he closed it to avoid scrutiny over his no-deal plans, rather than to prepare new policies.

Legal expert David Allen Green said: “In effect, the court held that Boris Johnson lied to the Queen."

Judges ruled his shock five-week suspension of ­Parliament was illegal – and ­Opposition MPs called for it to be reopened so they can resume their battle to avoid a no-deal Brexit .

Mr Johnson had told the monarch he prorogued Parliament simply to trigger a Queen’s Speech to outline his domestic policy priorities.

But Scotland’s highest appeal court smashed that claim apart after it ruled he tried to “stymie parliamentary ­scrutiny” of his dangerous bid to crash Britain out of Europe.

The Government will appeal the decision, setting the stage for a Supreme Court showdown on Tuesday.

Legal expert David Allen Green said: “The Scottish court has found ­unanimously that the Prime Minister misled the Queen. In effect, the court has held that Boris Johnson lied to the Queen so as to obtain prorogation.”

A Palace source added: “Despite having no control over the situation, Her Majesty will not be amused she is being dragged into the conversation.”

Dr Rupa Huq, who sits on the Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee, said: “Instructing our venerable 93-year-old monarch to receive privy councillors from his Cabinet to be subjected to their untruths takes the biscuit.

“She is a tough cookie but I am sure Her Majesty is now mulling over how she’s been tricked.”

Labour ’s Jess Phillips tweeted: “Boris Johnson has lied to every other woman in his life, why he’d make an exception for the Queen seems unlikely.”

Her colleague David Lammy said the PM had “deceived the Queen, disgraced the office of Prime Minister, and debased Britain’s international standing as a champion of democracy”.

Dominic Grieve, one of the Tory rebels kicked out for voting against the PM’s no-deal bid, added: “If it were to be the case that the ­Government had misled the Queen, that would be a very serious matter indeed. Indeed in my view, it would then be the moment for Mr Johnson to resign, and very swiftly.”


Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer told unions in Brighton: “I need to get back to Parliament to see if we can reopen the doors and hold Johnson to account. The Prime Minister was not telling the truth about why he was doing it.”

Labour last night wrote to the Leader of the Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg , asking for Parliament to be recalled.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola ­Sturgeon said: “Court says prorogation was unlawful, so Parliament must be recalled i­mmediately to allow the ­essential work of scrutiny to continue.”

The judges revealed the key factor in their decision were secret documents showing the PM had been considering suspending ­Parliament since August 15. They confirmed he had discussed the option with a senior aide.


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