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Boris Johnson secretly agreed to suspend parliament in mid-August, explosive court documents reveal - nearly two weeks before denying the plan existed.

An email was sent to the prime minister and Dominic Cummings, his chief aide, entitled "Ending The Session", which says "we should prorogue" from 9 September.

It was revealed in Edinburgh's Court of Session, which is hearing a legal challenge to stop parliament being shut down for five weeks, preventing MPs making any further moves on the Brexit crisis.

Three days before the shock prorogation plan was announced last week, Downing Street strongly denied any such intention to send MPs home.

Well, yeah. So well-timed, the "sudden" decision: loads of bigwigs still swilling Chianti in Tuscany or lolling on beach towels (somewhere in the EU), while the Queen is at Balmoral far from her usual staff (and no, she thinks twitter is what birds do). So she is rapidly advised by a meeting of her Privy Council. (This does not meet where it seems to say.)

The Privy Council is a huge boondoggle of 702 members, some judiciary (it still partly functions as a high court for some cases), all supposed to advise the monarch.

Oddly, for 702 members, its quorum is 3. So only 3 people were ready and waiting to go to Balmoral and advise the Queen immediately after Bozzer's "shock" announcement: the Lord High President of the Council, who is none other than J. Ree-Smogg; the Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Evans (curses), and the Tory Chief Whip in the Commons, Mark Spencer.

Three top Tories primed and ready to advise Her Majesty that Bojo's plan was simply wizard. The Royal Consent was given immediately.

No conflicting voices. Corbyn could have been there, he's a Privy Councillor. John Bercow could have been there to say it was a "constitutional outrage", he's a Privy Councillor. But no, it was a stitch-up from the start.

Of course it was prepared in advance.

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Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
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by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Sep 3rd, 2019 at 01:30:31 PM EST
So what if Corbyn and a couple of sympathetic privy councillors fetch up in Balmoral and advise the Queen to sack Boris? Is she bound to take any old advice from any of the 702? If Boris loses the vote today - which he claims is equivalent to a confidence vote - would they not be justified in saying he has lost the confidence of the house and must be sacked?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Sep 3rd, 2019 at 01:43:21 PM EST
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I don't think you get the point. The whole thing was prepared in advance keeping the advisors down to three who would strongly advise that Bozzer's prorogation was just fine. And it wasn't a question of sacking Boris, it was a question of giving prorogation an air of legitimacy.

Who knew that the Queen had been advised in that fashion? I didn't see it anywhere, I had to search.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Sep 3rd, 2019 at 01:51:42 PM EST
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I saw it on TV - Rees Smugg and co. interviewed at the airport - "totally normal constitutional procedure". My point is - if they can do it, why not three privy councils allied to Corbyn? - just as soon as the House passes the anti-no deal law.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Sep 3rd, 2019 at 02:11:26 PM EST
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I imagine it's the Lord High President of the Privy Council's call who is invited, ie Smogg. Who only became LHPOTPC very recently. We can guess why he was given that job, Mrs Windsor probably finds him extremely distinguished.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Sep 3rd, 2019 at 04:38:00 PM EST
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Corbyn has asked to meet the Queen on numerous occasions now.

The answer has always been "no".

Which is where it gets interesting. Because now that Johnson has lost his majority and has said he considers SO24 a confidence vote, either the Queen is going to have to arrange an unfortunate accident for Mr Corbyn, or she's going to have to meet him as a potential Prime Minister in the not too distant.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Sep 3rd, 2019 at 03:54:26 PM EST
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For unfortunate accidents, she can always call on one's husband.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Sep 3rd, 2019 at 04:38:45 PM EST
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