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MPs have a democratic obligation to bring Johnson down, and bring him down now

Measures can be taken to prevent the inconvenient early election they fear

By Jolyon Maugham  

Photo: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire/PA Images

Bad enough for a prime minister unlawfully to suspend parliament at a moment of acute national crisis. But now a series of attacks, including from the prime minister’s office and the Lord President of the Privy Council, on the rule of law.

These are already extraordinary times. And who of us can say with confidence that we will not see worse? The last few years represent a never-ending succession of constitutional “hold my beer” moments.

How do we stem—or even reverse—the damage our constitution…

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