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Royal fury: Why Queen was ‘undoubtedly displeased with Boris Johnson’ – News 247

October 15, 2019


 The Queen and her position in the UK’s constitution has been under particular scrutiny in recent weeks, as Boris Johnson’s government has sought Her Majesty’s involvement in an unprecedented series of events  Her Majesty gave the Queen’s Speech yesterday in Parliament,  the first of Mr Johnson’s premiership, which signals the opening of a new parliamentary session and sets out the Government’s agenda  However,  opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, backed by several Labour MPs, called the Speech a “farce”, as it set out a legislative agenda while the Government does not have a majority  It came after Mr Johnson was sharply criticised for advising the Queen to prorogue Parliament this summer  Her Majesty acted on the advice of her ministers and gave her assent to the prorogation of Parliament on August 28, in an unusually urgent meeting that saw ministers travel to Balmoral   However, last month, the prorogation of Parliament was subsequently ruled to be unlawful by the Supreme Court  Lady Hale, giving the ruling, said: “The advice given to Her Majesty was unlawful ” This gave rise to debate about the Queen’s constitutional position and what it meant for Her Majesty to act on unlawful advice  Lobby group Republic said: “It cannot be that the Queen is compelled to act unlawfully when told to do so  “If Parliament had been prorogued by an elected head of state, on the advice of the Prime Minister, that head of state would now have to resign ” However, royal historian Richard Fitzwilliams, speaking to Express.co.uk, said that Republic are “wrong”    Mr Fitzwilliams added:  “The Queen acts on the advice of the Prime Minister – since Queen Anne every sovereign has   “At the stage of assent it had not been ruled unlawful.” However, he added: “Undoubtedly the Queen will be most displeased with Mr Johnson  Although the convention is that the Queen acts on the “advice” of her ministers, this advice is taken to be binding    Influential constitutional historian Vernon Bogdanor, in his 1998 book ‘Monarchy and the Constitution’, explains: “In everyday speech, to offer advice to someone is to offer an opinion or make a suggestion as to how that person should act   “The person to whom the advice I have given is quite free to accept or reject it  “The term ‘advice’ used in connection with constitutional monarchy, however, has a quite different meaning   “When minsters offer advice to the sovereign, that advice is binding and the sovereign has normally no option but to accept it ”  Although in theory the possibility exists that the Queen may reject the advice she is given, the consequences of this could be catastrophic   Professor Bogdanor added: “The consequence of rejecting advice would normally  be the resignation of the government, and, even if the sovereign were able to find another government, that government would be in office was the personal choice of the sovereign   “The consequence would be to put the sovereign  in a position in which he or she was opposed by one of the great parties of the state   “No constitutional sovereign can survive for long once he or she comes to be seen as partisan ” Trending  Her Majesty has acted without advice once in her reign, when she she stepped into a political situation in Fiji  Acting as Queen of Fiji, and contrary to what the UK government at the time wished, Her Majesty told her Governor-General in Fiji, Sir Penaia Ganilau, to resign after Colonel Rabuka installed himself as the Fijian Head of State in a military coup  Then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was said to have been furious, as she thought Her Majesty’s decision was “tantamount to abdication”, as the Governor-General in any Commonwealth nation is a stand-in for Her Majesty   However, Mrs Thatcher eventually relented, as the Queen refused to sway on her decision  

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