Former British PM warns of Brexit crisis for Queen

Former British PM warns of Brexit crisis for Queen

"She is then in the midst of a constitutional controversy that no serious politician should put the queen in the middle of", he said.

With Johnson way out in front of the race to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, both were asked repeatedly to prove that they would take Britain out of the European Union on October 31 and would protect business from a so-called no-deal Brexit.

"I told Theresa May how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way - was unable to get it done".

Major said the British parliament had been not suspended since the English Civil War when King Charles I have suspended it.

In an extraordinary intervention, Major, who nearly split the party himself in the 1990s over his pro-European stance, said it would be "utterly and totally unacceptable" for MPs to be sidelined.

"I for one would be prepared to go and seek judicial review to prevent Parliament being bypassed", he told BBC Radio 4's Today.

The former PM, who is backing Mr Johnson's Prime Ministerial rival Jeremy Hunt, said he was speaking in a personal capacity.

Mr Johnson said: "I think it is absolutely vital that the advice that civil servants give to ministers should not be leaked by ministers and should not be commented on by ministers if civil servants are going to feel free to give that advice with the impartiality that they want".

Despite Mr Johnson being the favourite to lead the Conservative Party, Ms Morgan said it was "regrettable" the former foreign secretary did not back the ambassador.

Earlier, Mr Hunt accused the USA president of disrespecting the United Kingdom and Theresa May after Mr Trump's Twitter tirade about her "foolish" leadership.

The one thing that did separate the two contenders was Johnson's refusal to rule out suspending parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit, while Hunt said he would not resort to such a move. Major's suggestion is important because Parliament has repeatedly signalled its opposition to a no-deal Brexit, but has no obvious way of stopping it.

On Tuesday, lawmakers narrowly approved a measure that could make it harder for the next prime minister to suspend parliament.

Asked repeatedly whether he would quit as prime minister if Britain failed to leave by the deadline, Johnson refused to answer directly, saying: "I don't want to hold out to the European Union the prospect that they might encourage my resignation by refusing to agree a deal".

"National leaders look first at the interests of the country - not first at the interests of themselves", he said.

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