Queen Elizabeth Was Saved By Boris Johnson’s Recent Resignation

(PresidentialInsider.com)- In response to a political uproar in Britain that saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson resign after more than 50 members of his government left due to his handling of sexual assault allegations against a Conservative member of parliament, Queen Elizabeth II’s constitutional role as a monarch may have been called into play (MP).

Following disclosures that Johnson had been aware of groping claims made against MP Chris Pincher before elevating him, despite No. 10 first denying this, Johnson’s desire to leave was disclosed after tense days of political scrutiny.

It was thought that if he had not resigned, the prime minister would try to call a quick election in the hopes that voters would back him to keep his position. The queen would have been in the eye of a challenging political storm.

Throughout the epidemic, the queen and Johnson have kept in touch through weekly phone conversations and infrequent in-person encounters at Windsor Castle. Although she is supposed to maintain her political neutrality, as the sovereign, she has the right to be “consulted” on the current administration’s issues. She also has the right to “encourage” and “warn” the prime minister.

The queen must choose a prime minister as well. The general election winner, who the British people democratically chose, is invited to Buckingham Palace, where the queen will formally appoint them.

The monarch has little interaction with those in power outside of reading the queen’s address, written by the government, and using her powers of consultation, advice, and warning. Instead, she performs her ceremonial obligations and grants royal assent.

But when political turbulence strikes, she must follow the prime minister’s recommendations.

The queen has had a remarkable 70-year reign, during which time she has never turned down a prime minister’s request to dissolve parliament and call an early election.
The queen is likely to believe that the people should decide the country’s political destiny and that it is not her place to obstruct the proper political process, given her obligation to maintain her political neutrality and follow the advice of her administration.

Therefore, it is doubtful that the queen would have protested if Johnson had gone forward with his request for a sudden election as long as it was done in conformity with the law.