Lib Dem leadership hopeful would ask the Queen to stop a no-deal Brexit

PUBLISHED: 13:26 30 May 2019

Queen Elizabeth II reading the Queen's Speech. Picture: PA.

Queen Elizabeth II reading the Queen's Speech. Picture: PA.

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Ed Davey, who has just launched a Lib Dem leadership bid, says he will call on the Queen to require the prime minister to revoke Article 50 if the country reached a no-deal cliff edge.

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The Lib Dems are set to meet with BBC director general Lord Hall, over election coverage. Pictured, Lib Dem MP Ed Davey meeting Lib Dem MEP candidates. Picture: Polly Hancock.The Lib Dems are set to meet with BBC director general Lord Hall, over election coverage. Pictured, Lib Dem MP Ed Davey meeting Lib Dem MEP candidates. Picture: Polly Hancock.

The Kingston and Surbiton MP said he would propose a "cross-party humble address to Her Majesty".

He added that he hoped Jeremy Corbyn would join in with the address.

A humble address is a direct communication from the House of Commons to the Queen, calling on the government to comply with a request.

If approved, humble addresses are considered binding.

In November 2017, Labour used a humble address to force the government to publish 58 studies into the economic impact of Brexit.

Sir Ed added: "Under my leadership, the Lib Dems will continue to lead the fight to stop Brexit, nothing is more urgent in British politics today."

The party claimed 20% of the vote and won 16 MEPs in the European elections, boosted by a strong pro-EU message.

A leadership race is currently under way, likely to be between Davey and Jo Swinson, with Vince Cable's replacement to be decided by July 23.

READ MORE: Who's who in the Liberal Democrat leadership contest

The former energy and climate change minister also paid tribute to Cable, calling him a "giant of British politics and the economy".

Praising one of the party's EU election campaign slogans, he added: "'Bollocks to Brexit' was correct and courageous."

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Sir Ed also set out plans to tackle climate change and "de-carbonise capitalism, to turn capitalism green".

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