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Boris Johnson has just made a no-deal Brexit unlikelier than ever

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No one seems to believe the prime minister’s reasons for preventing parliament from sitting for five weeks. He says it is the normal procedure before a Queen’s speech setting out a new government’s programme, which it is not.

But the fury over the misuse of the royal prerogative risks distracting from the important point. Boris Johnson’s resort to a cloak-and-dagger device confirms that he thinks the House of Commons is likely to block a no-deal Brexit. It is a sign of weakness rather than strength.

And the paradox is that he may have made it more likely that his opponents will succeed.

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It is quite possible that, if MPs had been allowed to extend their September sitting, their work of endlessly discussing what to do about Brexit would have expanded to fill the time available without coming to any definite conclusion.

As it is, Johnson’s Cromwellian suspension of parliament has offended and annoyed some of the Conservative MPs who might otherwise have been inclined to let him have the “30 days” of........

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