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The indispensable constitutional legacy of the 2017-2019 parliament

The bruising experience of Brexit has forced one vital principle to the fore

By Thomas Poole  


Eventful parliaments are sometimes given colourful names: the “Rump,” “Barebones,” “Cavalier” and so on. There is a case for doing the same for the parliamentary term just ended. What name to give it is a different matter. Its many critics might take inspiration from the “Addled Parliament” of 1614. So rancorous was it that James I observed on dissolving it that he was “amazed that his ancestors should have…

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