Boris Johnson’s plan to suspend Parliament was leaked to the press hours before it was meant to take place, despite the trip only being known to a small handful of senior cabinet ministers and civil servants, a British newspaper has claimed.
The delegation of Privy Councillors including Brexit star Jacob Rees-Mogg dispatched to Scotland to meet with the Queen to get her assent to Parliament being Prorogued– a constitutional formality under the British system — travelled separately to reduce the possibility of the group of four politicians being spotted together at the airport, alerting the press.
Rees-Mogg Criticises Remainer Hysteria over Suspending Parliament, ‘No Harm Comes from Respecting Voters’ Will’ https://t.co/gyGvmZglm7
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) August 29, 2019
Yet despite restricting knowledge of Johnson’s plan, hatched with senior cabinet colleagues and Brexit mastermind Dominic Cummings, now one of the Prime Minister’s top advisors, to a handful of top civil servants it leaked to anti-Brexit MPs and then the press Wednesday morning, according to claims published by the Daily Telegraph. The leak meant a hurried phone call to the Queen and remainder of the cabinet before it could hit the headlines.
Theresa May’s government was constantly beset by leaks, but a cabinet of fresh faces loyal to the new Prime Minister had seemed to have stemmed the flow of information. Now the newspaper claims the leak came from within Whitehall or even 10 Downing Street itself, and reports Brexiteer MPs want to know whether the information was leaked by an anti-Brexit civil servant.
The news that Boris Johnson’s government was suspending Parliament was met with utter outrage by anti-Brexit activists Wednesday, as the move was perceived as having the impact of limiting the amount of time available to plotters to undermine the outcome of the 2016 referendum in time to stop Brexit on October 31st.
Key Brexiteer and the government functionary tasked with bringing the suspension to the Queen for her approval Jacob Rees-Mogg dismissed the anger and accusations of unconstitutional behaviour as confected. Writing Thursday morning, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “There is nothing that is happening now that does not have a historic precedent and a happy outcome.”
It’s Official: Suspension of UK Parliament Approved by Queen Elizabeth II https://t.co/Bm48FSLI1L
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) August 28, 2019