Thank the Lib Dems that Boris Johnson is all but guaranteed to deliver Brexit by October 31

Cameron and Clegg
The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act was agreed as part of the coalition deal between Cameron and Clegg Credit: PA

Nothing gets the Liberal Democrats more excited than the prospect of constitutional change. You name it, they’ve campaigned for it: direct elections to the Lords, votes for children, UK federalism and, of course, proportional representation.

By 2010, another obsession – removing the right of the incumbent prime minister to dissolve parliament and call a fresh general election at a time of his own choosing – was pretty high up the agenda. The convention was unfair to opposition parties and allowed governments to set an election date that suited them best, it was (accurately) claimed. And so Liberal Democrats up and down the country agreed unanimously that a radical change was needed. Like local...

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