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I'm not sure we do quite agree. I don't regard the Westminster Parliament as the mother of anything, and I agree a constitution based on a number of laws and conventions has its drawbacks (so do written constitutions, which are open to interpretation, see 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution for an example).

But this

Even if she wins the confidence of the House, could Boris refuse to resign? Could he attempt to dissolve parliament and call an election in any case? Can the Queen force him to resign and make way for Harmon?

is nuts unless you ask if he also has the police, the army, the secret services, and a well-formed civil-service conspiracy on his side. Such acts could not be accepted. Another MP has the confidence of the House, the monarch will be advised to call that person to be PM, and that's it. Boris can't dissolve Parliament, the monarch does that (and would be advised not to listen to an MP who has no majority behind him). That is hard-and-fast convention. Boris could only break it, as I say, with a hard coup. And against those, written constitutions are no rampart, either.

Fortunately or unfortunately, we probably won't get to see all that played out, since Boris will in all likelihood survive a VOC.

What worries me more than the constitution, is the bully-pulpit power of the right-sliding-further-right in the British "national conversation". And there I am adding quotes.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Mon Aug 19th, 2019 at 12:39:04 PM EST
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