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Could Johnson’s abject legal humiliation turn into political vindication?

The prime minister is gearing up for a populist election campaign and today’s Supreme Court ruling may not hurt his chances

By Tom Clark  

The PM in New York on Tuesday. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

Boris Johnson’s legal defeat is total, and the constitutional experts and lawyers who have been alarmed by the way he has played fast and loose with the ground rules of British governance have every reason to be jubilant.

The unanimous ruling nullifying his prorogation is a case that will make it into legal textbooks 100 years from now. By bringing this prerogative power, exercised in the name of the Queen, within the scope of the law,…

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