Here we go again…

It seems some people still have not grasped the contents of the Fixed-term Parliaments 2011.

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.

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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5 Responses to Here we go again…

  1. I’m afraid it’s not the only foolish thing he’s said – but then he all too often seems to make a habit of it.
    Kind regards,

  2. Jonathan says:

    When I read the article yesterday, it already said, “However, under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, the monarch lost the power to dissolve Parliament. She retains no residual powers in relation to dissolution.” Did you contact the BBC with this correction? The language sounds too technical for the BBC to have come up with it, and you have written an almost identical sentence above, but not verbatim!

  3. maude elwes says:

    The question of the Conservative party not wanting to make a move toward a change of leadership as it will create discontent within should a Leaver with a leave cabinet take over, is quite bizarre. And why I say that is, the peoples vote was to leave. Was chaos created in that party when a heavily ‘remain’ administration was put in place, against the wishes of the referendum decision?

    Does that mean ‘Remainers’ are undemocratic and uncivilised in the event an alternative group, one that wants to give our country what its population voted for, moves into its rightful position? And if that is so, why? Especially as they collectively claim to be working toward ‘the democratic decision it gave us.’

  4. maude elwes says:

    Why is this information not all over our media in the UK? Especially that supposedly unbiased truth machine, called the BBC?

    Should there be a second Brexit referendum?

    The EU has just signed a comprehensive free trade deal with Japan. Japan will remain an independent country, have its own laws and control its own budgets – it will not pay the EU a penny and not be subject to the European court. If the EU can sign such a deal with Japan, why not with us? Why cannot our incompetent Parliament get us a similar deal with the EU?

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