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Endgame: how can the House of Commons sack a government?

These constitutional realities will determine whether Johnson survives as PM

By George Peretz  

Johnson has the keys to No 10—for how long? Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

When and how can the House of Commons sack a government? That is the question lying behind the not always well-informed debate about whether, in the last resort, the Commons might enforce its will to avoid a no-deal Brexit, dismissing a government that seems to have locked itself into that outcome and thrown away the key. In trying to understand the UK constitution’s answer, it is helpful to have four principles in mind.

1. There must always be a prime minister: the Queen’s…

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