The BBC has published an article on unlikely scenarios to break the Brexit deadlock. One comes from former MP George Galloway, who is quoted as saying:
“There are several ways that stasis could be broken. The best one by far is for Her Majesty to decide that only the country itself can rule on where Britain goes next. General election now, that is what I say, that is what I hope she will say.”
This is not an unlikely scenario. It is an impossible one. Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, the monarch lost the power to dissolve Parliament. She retains no residual powers in relation to dissolution.
The Act has been on the statute book for seven years. And it is not that long…
UPDATE: Pleased to report that after I contacted the BBC, the article was amended to include reference to the Act.