Brexit and democracy

British democracy in turmoil as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prorogues parliament for five weeks. Is a no-deal Brexit unavoidable or will MPs pass a no-confidence vote and trigger an election? Here’s the best of this week’s opinion and analysis

MPs must pass a no-confidence vote in the government and trigger a general election

The prime minister has shown he is ready to do whatever it takes to get his way

Sometimes breaking a code can have more serious consequences than breaking a rule

Many of those now most outraged supported laws that have facilitated this result

With scarcely more than a week until parliament returns, opponents have not united behind a plan

Suspending parliament in this way is a direct attack on representative democracy

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Letter from Prof John Muellbauer, Nuffield College, Oxford, UK

Letter from Nicholas Boyle, University of Cambridge, UK

From Roger White, Sherborne, Dorset, UK

From Marc Waters, London, UK