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Boris Johnson Suspending Parliament Is A Constitutional Coup

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28.08.2019

When I signed the Church House Declaration on Tuesday pledging to uphold the sovereignty of Parliament, I warned that what Boris Johnson was threatening to do to secure his reckless ‘no deal’ Brexit amounted to a coup.

With today’s news Johnson will ask the Queen to suspend Parliament, that coup has already started.

It may not seem like a coup to members of the public who aren’t seeing tanks or soldiers on the streets. But constitutionally, that is what is happening.

Britain is a parliamentary democracy. Power rests in Parliament, in the House of Commons, and the government – the executive – has to seek the consent of MPs for its legislation. By suspending Parliament, Johnson is sweeping away the main pillar of our democracy. The implications could not be more serious.

His intention is clear. By proroguing, or suspending, Parliament for effectively five weeks at such a........

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