Because European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had not only had talks with Sunak, she had then gone on to Windsor Castle to take tea with The King. The Mail was not best pleased, asking “Could this meeting be a moment the King comes to regret?” QTWTAIN take 94. It’s all part of the UK now being pals with the EU, rather than the antagonism of the past.
But it was not just the inmates of the Northcliffe House bunker who had their noses put out of joint by the Ursula and Brian Show. Jacob Rees Mogg, the member for times long past, sniffed “It is surprising that the King will meet Ursula von der Leyen today, as it antagonises the people the PM needs to conciliate. It is also constitutionally unwise to involve the King in a matter of immediate political controversy”. Sound that hypocrisy siren!
Either Rees Mogg has a very short memory, or thinks the rest of the world has forgotten his part in involving the monarch in, to use his happy phrase, “immediate political controversy”. His problem is that the rest of the world remembers all too well his part in the 2019 prorogation scandal.
Bozo, then in charge of a Government that could not even win its votes in Parliament, and responding by stripping several of his own MPs of the whip and then having them expelled from the Tory party, secured a suspiciously long prorogation of that Parliament. He achieved this by getting the Queen to agree to it. Rees Mogg was his messenger to Brenda.
In late August 2019, Bozo had sought legal advice on proroguing Parliament from his then Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox. Then, as the Wiki account tells, “On 28 August, Jacob Rees-Mogg, in the role of Lord President of the Council, convened a small Privy Council meeting with Mark Spencer as Chief Whip, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park as Leader of the House of Lords and the Queen whilst she was in residence at Balmoral Castle”.
Brenda consented to the prorogation, lasting from early September until the State Opening of Parliament on the 14th of October. The move sparked outrage, with then Commons Speaker John Bercow calling the move a "constitutional outrage" designed to "stop MPs debating Brexit”.
The prorogation eventually ended up before the Supreme Court, which had to consider whether the matter was justiciable, and if so, whether what Bozo and his pals had done was lawful. The Court concluded that the matter was indeed justiciable, and further, that it was unlawful. Therefore, the prorogation was null and of no effect. The advice to the Queen from Johnson was concluded to have been “outside the powers of the Prime Minister”.
Bozo, it seems, tried to run down the clock and force a No Deal Brexit upon the UK, even though he had lost his majority as early as the second day of his premiership. His advice to the Queen had been conveyed by his willing messenger - Jacob Rees Mogg. “Immediate political controversy”, eh?
Rees Mogg is a shameless hypocrite. But you knew that already.
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