Boris stopped from dragging Queen into ‘full-blown constitutional crisis’ with snap poll


A new book has claimed that a secret operation had been put in place in order to “stop Boris Johnson using” the Queen to call a snap election.

The book indicated that members of the group included the 1922 Committee chair Sir Graham Brady, Cabinet Secretary Sir Simon Case and Her Majesty’s Private Secretary Sir Edward Young.

It also said that the plan was that Sir Graham would notify Buckingham Palace if Mr Johnson was about to trigger a confidence vote within the Conservative Party.

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A book claims their was a plan in place to stop Boris Johnson asking the Queen for an election (Image: Getty Images)

He would then advise that Queen Elizabeth make herself “unavailable that day”, the report claimed.

If Mr Johnson tried to get in contact with Buckingham Palace, it has been reported that they would have advised him that the monarch “couldn’t come to the phone”.

However, the Sun has reported that a friend of Mr Johnson has said the ex-Prime Minister knew that calling an election had no chance of succeeding.

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Sir Graham would notify Buckingham Palace if Mr Johnson was about to trigger a confidence vote (Image: Getty Images)

The protocol states that the monarch can reject the Prime Minister’s request for an election as long as another leader can be found to form a Government.

However, the plan was put in place as the group believed calling for an election would have put Queen Elizabeth in an awkward position and caused political controversy.

Any decision that the late monarch may have made could have been seen as political interference, which would breach protocol on the Royal Family remaining politically neutral.

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A friend reported by the Sun says Boris knew there was no chance of calling for an election (Image: Getty Images)

Sir John Major once said: “The Queen’s a wise lady. She understands different views. She’s never been perturbed by people who’ve had different views to her.”


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