Tory leadership contender refuses to rule out ‘proroguing’ Parliament
Tory leadership hopeful Dominic Raab has threatened to demolish the UK’s constitution if he succeeds in his bid to become the party’s leader and unelected Prime Minister.
Raab refused to rule out ‘proroguing’ Parliament – suspending democracy without dissolving Parliament, bypassing both parliamentary process and a general election – to prevent MPs having a say in the run-up to the end of the UK’s Brexit extension on 31 October. In the ‘arms race’ of the candidates’ appeal to the Tory party membership, other candidates are bound to make similar noises.
Such a move has not been attempted since Charles I’s ill-fated decision over 360 years ago, which led to the English Civil War, as Sky’s Lewis Goodall observed:
The utter desperation of the Conservatives has never been clearer. The same goes for the country’s urgent need for a Labour government.
The Tories have always been a horror to the poor and have abused and ignored democratic process since at least the Brexit referendum, but now that arrogance and bankruptcy endanger the very fabric of the UK’s democracy, using the defence of democracy – the 2016 Brexit vote – as an excuse.
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