August 29, 2019 / 7:35 AM / 21 days ago

Queen did not challenge suspension of UK parliament - Rees-Mogg

LONDON, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Britain’s Queen Elizabeth did not question the government’s request to suspend parliament for over a month ahead of Brexit, House of Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said on Thursday.

“The queen, her majesty, had no discretion over this. There is no precedent for the queen refusing a request by her prime minister under these circumstances,” Rees-Mogg told the BBC.

He denied a suggestion that moving to suspend parliament had put the monarch, who by convention avoids any involvement in politics, in an awkward position.

Reporting by William James; editing by Kate Holton

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