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Boris Johnson's gamble risks unleashing constitutional crisis

LONDON • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks marks a sharp escalation of hostilities.

The Prime Minister has not only increased the likelihood that Britain will leave the European Union without a deal on Oct 31, but also dared the opposition to trigger a general election. Beyond Brexit, his plan risks unleashing an unprecedented constitutional crisis.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2019, with the headline 'Johnson's gamble risks unleashing constitutional crisis'. Print Edition | Subscribe