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No, Parliament chucking the PM and asking the Queen to appoint a new one is not a coup, it's how your country works. I know this is hard for people in the UK to understand given the constant storm of disinformation, but you don't have a presidential system where the PM is directly elected. Since the Tories and Lib Dems broke the system with the FTPA it's become much harder to kill off governments.

The "all woman" bit is marketing - I've seen the suggestion that it was thrown in to actually get coverage - but at least it raises the issue.

There's nothing undemocratic about either extension + referendum or election or even revoking A50, which doesn't stop Brexit, just means it needs to be restarted, hopefully with an actual plan this time if the polity so chooses.

This may seem sensible but would probably cause a widespread generational disaffection with UK democracy.

Do you see any paths forward that don't do that?

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Aug 12th, 2019 at 03:05:37 PM EST
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