Brexit makes us question democracy – and so does climate change

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11 September 2019

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LAST week, I found myself participating in a pro-democracy demonstration: not in Hong Kong or some other distant authoritarian state, but in the heart of my own city, London. I am no stranger to protest marches, but I never expected to have to take to the streets to defend something as fundamental to British life as parliamentary democracy.

That was before prime minister Boris Johnson announced his intention to suspend parliament for five weeks in order to push through a no-deal Brexit.

Yes, the B-word. I didn’t really want to write about Brexit. This is a column …