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Published on 29 Aug 2019 / In News and Politics

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Queen and privy council approve Boris Johnson's request to prorogue parliament https://youtu.be/Am__h3koF2w on @PressTV

Queen 'didn't debate' Boris Johnson's request to shut down Parliament
Jacob Rees-Mogg, Lord President of the Privy Council, said there was "no chat, no debate" in his meeting with the Queen at Balmoral - and nor should there be

ByDan BloomOnline Political Editor
10:06, 29 AUG 2019UPDATED10:21, 29 AUG 2019
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The Queen did not question Boris Johnson's request to shut down Parliament - and realistically would not have been able to, a top Tory has said.

Jacob Rees-Mogg , the Lord President of the Privy Council, said there was "no chat, no debate" after he flew to Balmoral to make the request yesterday.


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He added: "The Queen says 'approved'. That’s it."

Mr Rees-Mogg spoke after Her Majesty approved the PM's request to suspend Parliament from September 12 to October 14, just weeks before Brexit .

Some suggested the Queen should have blocked the 'prorogation'. Labour MP Kate Osamor tweeted yesterday: "The. Queen. Did. Not. Save. Us."

But Labour MP Debbie Abrahams said: "Please do NOT blame the Queen. She had no choice. Blame the rogue who put her in that position."

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Mr Rees-Mogg was one of three top Tories - along with the Lords leader and Chief Whip - who met the Queen to approve the decision yesterday lunchtime.

Their meeting of the Privy Council - which has a large membership of veteran MPs, only a few of whom meet the Queen at a time - came after a personal phone call to Her Majesty from Mr Johnson.

Explaining the process, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "What happens is that as Lord President I read out a statement as to what is to happen.

"So yesterday, for example, I read out that [Tory chairman] James Cleverly was to become a member of the Privy Council.

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"And the Queen says “approved”. That’s it. There is no chat, there’s no debate, it’s all held standing up. It’s a very formal process."

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