England, my England

All pro- and anti-Brexit scaremongering aside, it is clear that there is now a bigger issue. I expect all those who have trumpeted their fears of being subsumed into a European superstate to cry out with as much clamour against the outrageous attack on centuries-old British democracy by so-called conservative prime minister Boris Johnson.

A prime minister asking the Queen to suspend Parliament to prevent it from voting against the government is the sort of thing we never thought could happen in the second mother of democracies.

It is rightly being called a coup. There is no other name for it.

What exactly the people are supposed to do now is unclear, but we now at least know a few things we hitherto only suspected: that, for instance, there is a sizeable movement within the British right - large enough to currently hold power - that is willing to endanger our age-old democratic process to push through its Brexit agenda.

At least with these people we can now be clear that all the talk of democracy and fears of European dictatorship was just bluster used to push forward a nationalistic conspiracy.

This requires a united response from all the supporters, left and right, of British democracy. Whatever our views on Brexit, we must be willing to recognise and respond to a more present existential threat when we see one.