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Yes, but given the woolyness of the UK's unwritten Constitution, it seems any is unlikely to proceed. It is not exactly unusual for a PM to act "solely for political gain" and in the absence of any statute law the courts will be reluctant to intervene in a "political" decision.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Aug 29th, 2019 at 08:36:56 PM EST
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The problem isn't political gain, it's political gain by shutting down the heart of government for an unheard of period in the face of all reasonable precedent.

This is not about ends, but means. And the means are wholly unacceptable to British democracy. The ends are a side issue.

It should be straightforward. But Doherty's record isn't encouraging. He tends to lean corporate and Establishment, so I'll be surprised if anything comes of this.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Aug 30th, 2019 at 01:18:19 AM EST
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I think that is my point. The absence of a clear constitution or even statute law creates a vacuum which can be filled by precedent, convention, or just "Gentlemen's agreements" but which could also be filled by activist judges through case law. However Judges, and particularly senior judges, are selected on the basis that they are paragons of the establishment whose job it is to make sure no boat is rocked... They ARE the establishment.

Hence also the hostility towards the European Charter of Fundamental Rights - an excellent document which could put limits on the establishment's pursuit of its own self interest. Progress on human rights in the UK has generally only happened when public unrest and civil strife have put the establishment at risk, and some concessions had to be made to the rubes to keep the pitch forks at bay.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Aug 30th, 2019 at 10:40:48 AM EST
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