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Prorogue state: the disintegration of Britain’s reputation as a serious democracy

And to think that the UK constitution was once admired the world over 

By Paul Wallace  

Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament for over a month in the middle of the worst crisis Britain has faced since the second world war was met with plaudits among hardline Tory Brexiters, but brickbats from opposition figures. Within the Conservative Party, former PM John Major said that he had “no doubt that the prime minister’s motive in seeking prorogation is to bypass a sovereign parliament that opposes his policy on Brexit.” John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, described the move as a “constitutional outrage.”

More than ever, the rolling Brexit crisis is laying bare the…

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