When do democrats suspend democracy?

Boris Johnson has prorogued Parliament in order to facilitate leaving the European Union with no deal or — perhaps alternatively — to force the EU’s hands in reopening talks. The move has been widely condemned as undemocratic. There has also been suggestion that Johnson’s team are considering even more controversial moves, such as refusing to resign after a vote of no confidence or advising the Queen to not give Royal Assent to any Brexit-delaying legislation.

Although scare-mongering should be avoided — especially calling it a coup, which is if anything insulting to…