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The UK has not yet had a constitutional crisis over Brexit—but it could do soon

In whatever form a constitutional crisis finally manifests, its ultimate cause is the conceptual incompatibility of popular democracy and a parliamentary system

By David Allen Green   October 2019

Boris Johnson waves outside Downing Street. Photo: PA

At the time of this post, the United Kingdom still had not had a constitutional crisis over Brexit. It has had political crises, and it has had constitutional drama. But not yet a constitutional crisis—though it seems this may soon change. Perhaps, by the time you read this, it will have.

A crisis is a serious situation, the outcome of which cannot be forecast. Fortunately, so far, each constitutional tension thrown up by Brexit has been resolved without a crisis: the government has…

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