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Brexit and the constitution: will a Johnson premiership prove dead on arrival?

The next PM could lose the confidence of the commons before he has even begun  

By Raphael Hogarth  

Boris Johnson arriving for a Tory leadership hustings in Manchester. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

Boris Johnson often paints a no-deal Brexit as the only alternative to an untimely political death. Britain must leave the EU on 31st October, “do or die.” Kick the can again, he says, “and we kick the bucket.”

Yet a Johnson government’s commitment to a no-deal Brexit could itself draw the reaper to the threshold of No 10. Dominic Grieve, a former attorney general now on the Tory backbenches, says that a “large number” of Conservative MPs will do“everything possible” to…

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