Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood, has announced his support for Boris Johnson

Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood, has announced his support for Boris Johnson

Former British prime minister John Major said it would be unacceptable and against tradition to shut down Parliament, and he would seek a court ruling to overturn it if it happened.

In order to close down parliament, the prime minister would have to go to Her Majesty the Queen and ask for her permission to prorogue.

McDonald added: "The prime minister, foreign secretary and whole of the public service have stood with you: you were the target of a malicious leak; you were simply doing your job".

In a sly dig at Johnson, the former Tory PM claimed that "no serious politician" should put the Queen in such a "constitutional controversy", and insisted that national leaders should be "putting the interests of the country first. not themselves". "I am sure that those comments by Boris Johnson may well have played a factor in his ultimate decision to resign", he told BBC Radio 4's The World at One.

Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay said: "I would also like to see more of a Conservative influence on the way money in Wales is spent but I think we need to respect the current settlement and work on building up that influence within the Assembly itself".

He said parliament had not been suspended since King Charles I did so during the English Civil War.

The programme was scheduled for Tuesday, but a spokeswoman said the BBC had not been able to "reach agreement" with Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson.

"I think it's absolutely freakish at this stage in the negotiations for the United Kingdom - yet again - to be weakening its own position". "They can't be concerned for the sovereignty of Parliament except when it is inconvenient to Mr. Johnson".

Mr Johnson, the favourite in the contest, and Mr Hunt clashed over Brexit, Donald Trump and taxes during the hour-long programme, moderated by Julie Etchingham.

He warned there could be a "great deal of chaos" if businesses were not ready for a Halloween exit.

Sir John, who is backing Mr Hunt for the Tory leadership, said: "There is no conceivable justification, wherever we are, in closing down Parliament to bypass its sovereignty".

She added: "I'm backing Jeremy Hunt because I think he's the best person to be able to get the best deal amended from the European Union and be able to sell that in Parliament to people".

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