I am writing to you after meeting earlier today with leaders of other opposition parties about how we can work together, through Parliament, to prevent a harmful exit from “no deal” from European Union. At that meeting, we agreed to make efforts to put party politics aside to find a way out of the current crisis.
We know that there is a majority in Parliament against “no deal.” As MPs, we voted against “No Deal” on a number of occasions and we did so by the most on March 27 this year.
Since you were one of 116 Conservative or Independent MPs who voted against “No Deal” that day and were not at the forefront of government, I am writing to offer to work together in a collective and cross-party spirit, to find a practical way to prevent no bargain.
This is an urgent task. The prime minister is reported to be planning to suspend Parliament to enforce a no-deal ban. This action will be, on legal advice I received from Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarty, “the most serious abuse of power and attack on the United Kingdom’s constitutional principle in living memory”.
My view is that holding general elections after the extension has been achieved is the simplest and most democratic way to prevent the lack of a deal and allow the people of this country to decide our future. Indeed, this is the best way to hold a referendum or leave the European Union with a deal.
I understand that not all colleagues may agree.
So I would like to invite you to join a dialogue with myself, as leader of the Labor Party, and other opposition parties, to find a way for Parliament’s clear will against “no deal” to express itself. Please reply by email.