Officials, courtiers and a top Tory launched a secret operation to prevent Boris Johnson from calling snap elections, a new book reveals.
The plan was hatched to stop the PM from dragging the frail Queen into a “full blown constitutional crisis” to save his own skin.
Senior royal and Westminster officials believed asking Her Majesty, 96, for a poll would have put her in a dangerous position that risks sparking a political row.
Mr Johnson was considering going to the country earlier this year as his position as prime minister imploded with resignations and mounting allegations.
But a new book about his ouster, The Fall Of Boris Johnson by Sebastian Payne, claims “a magic triangle” of establishment figures would ensure the Prime Minister could never embarrass the Queen.
Tory shop steward Sir Graham Brady, Cabinet Secretary Sir Simon Case and Her Majesty’s Private Secretary Sir Edward Young had a contingency plan in place.
Insiders claimed Sir Graham would tip off the Palace that Mr Johnson would trigger a Tory vote of confidence and advise the Queen to make himself “unavailable for the day”.
And when the prime minister called the palace, he was told the monarch “couldn’t get to the phone”.
A pal of Mr Johnson’s admitted he knew an election was no starter.
Constitutional protocol means that the sovereign can refuse such a request if another leader can be found to form a functioning government.
Any decision by the late queen would have exposed her to accusations of political interference and thus violated decades of neutrality.
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