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Boris Johnson’s game is even more dangerous than you think 

Even if the PM doesn’t break the law, his tactics place democracy under grave threat

By Jonathan Lis  

Photo: TOBY MELVILLE/WPA Rota/Press Association Images

Of all the shocks and outrages we have witnessed in the last three years, the most obscene so far was, in the end, barely commented on. It came on Monday night, when Boris Johnson rose in the Commons to appeal for an election.

What he said was drowned out by the fact he was proroguing parliament for nakedly political ends—but in fact carries even greater significance. The prime minister announced the following: “I will go to Brussels… on 17th October and negotiate our…

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