The UK’s Brexit crisis was resolved today when Queen Elizabeth II unexpectedly sacked Theresa May and her government and commissioned Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as Acting Prime Minister pending a fresh general election next month.
There was no hint earlier today of the drama to unfold when Her Majesty attended a military parade in London (pictured).
But in a surprise move Her Majesty later summoned Mrs May to Buckingham Palace where she told her there was no alternative but the dismissal of the government because of its inability to break the deadlock over the Brexit deal struck with the EU.
After she had briefly outlined the reasons for her action, the Queen is understood to have handed Mrs May her letter of dismissal.
It is understood the Queen told Mrs May it was now up to voters to resolve the crisis.
It has since emerged that Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn was already at Buckingham Palace at the same time as the sacked PM, but had been waiting out of sight in a reception room.
The news has already led to some Conservative MPs seeing a conspiracy between the Queen and the Labour Party leader.
After her sacking, Mrs May left the palace and went to Downing Street where she had lunch with key advisers before removal vans arrived to clear out her office and personal effects.
Mr Corbyn left his meeting with the Queen and headed to Westminster where he announced to the House of Commons that he had been commissioned by the Queen as Prime Minister until elections were held on Thursday 18 April.
The parliament then rose and the Royal Proclamation to dissolve the parliament was read on its front steps by a palace official watched closely by the sacked prime minister, Mrs May (main picture above).
The Royal Proclamation declared an election would be held on Thursday 18 April to accommodate the required period of 17 working days between the date of the proclamation and an election.
Once the Royal Proclamation was read and the palace official had made a final declaration of “God save the Queen”, Mrs May made an impromptu speech (pictured) to the angry crowd of Conservative Party supporters gathered outside the parliament building.
“Well may we say God save the Queen,” she said. “Because nothing will save the Queen.”
Conservative Party MPs have called the Queen’s move an unnecessary and divisive intervention in the political process by the nation’s usually apolitical head of state.
However, they believe voters will react in their favour and are expecting a landslide swing to their party.
Mr Corbyn, the nation’s new leader, left Parliamentary precinct under heavy guard (pictured) and was forced to walk through a crowd of disgruntled and abusive Conservative Party MPs and supporters yelling “Shame Corbyn, shame.”