Sir John Major has threatened to block Boris's Brexit plans

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

A former British prime minister threatened Wednesday to take Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson to court if he tries to suspend Parliament to deliver a United Kingdom departure from the European Union without a deal. Further, he has remarked that he would act to prevent the queen from being dragged into a constitutional crisis.

"If her first minister asks for that permission, it is nearly inconceivable that the Queen will do anything other than granted it".

The monarch would be "in the midst of a constitutional controversy that no serious politician should put the Queen in the middle of", Sir John said.

It is understood one had concerns about the format - half of the audience would be Tory supporters and the other would represent alternate political views.

In one of the clashes, Johnson refused to rule out bypassing Parliament to prevent lawmakers from blocking a no-deal departure from the European Union on October 31.

"The idea of proroguing parliament is utterly and totally unacceptable from any British parliamentarian or Democrat", Major said. And I think it would be a rather curious thing to do if this is about taking back control to parliament, to actually shut it down.

But he refused to say whether he would keep Sir Kim in post, and instead he told the ITV debate: "It is vital that our civil service is not politicised by ministers leaking what they say".

Johnson faced rival Jeremy Hunt in a television debate last night, in which most agreed Hunt had performed better.

"When that has happened in the past, when Parliament has been shut down against its will, we actually had a civil war", Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt replied: "It's not do or die, is it?"

Votes in parliament have indicated that a majority of lawmakers are against a no-deal Brexit because of concerns that it would cripple supply chains and damage trade.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "We've already hosted a leadership debate and Andrew Neil's interviews on Friday will ensure both candidates are given forensic examination on prime-time BBC One".

And he issued a stark warning about the prospect of suspending Parliament in order to force through a no-deal Brexit - something Mr Johnson would not rule out. Johnson said: "I've worked very well with Jeremy over many years, I greatly admire his ability to change his mind", a reference to Hunt's support for the Remain campaign in the 2016 Brexit referendum.

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