Tuesday 27 August 2019 / 3:01 PM Brexit / Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn writes to Conservative MPs to “find a practical way to prevent No Deal”

Jeremy Corbyn writes to Conservative MPs to “find a practical way to prevent No Deal”

After convening a meeting with leaders of opposition parties, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, has written to 116 Conservative or independent MPs who voted against a No Deal exit from the European Union, to offer to work together to prevent a No Deal outcome. Recipients of the letter include several former government ministers, such as Theresa May, Philip Hammond and Greg Clark.

Urging MPs to act, Jeremy Corbyn cites legal advice received from Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti, which says Boris Johnson’s plans to suspend parliament to force through a No Deal would be “the gravest abuse of power and attack upon UK constitutional principle in living memory”.

The Labour leader writes that in his view, “holding a general election after an extension is achieved is the simplest and most democratic way to prevent No Deal and to let the people of this country decide our future.” Recognising that not all MPs may agree, he invites them to join a dialogue with himself and other opposition parties “to find a way for the clear will of parliament against No Deal to express itself”.

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Full text of the letter

Dear colleague,

I am writing to you after convening a meeting earlier today with the leaders of other opposition parties on how we can work together, across Parliament to prevent a damaging No Deal exit from the European Union. At that meeting, we agreed to make efforts to put party politics aside to find a way through the present crisis.

We know there is a majority in parliament against No Deal. As MPs we’ve voted against No Deal on a number of occasions and we did so in the largest number on 27 March of this year.

As you were one of 116 Conservative or independent MPs who voted against No Deal that day and are not on the government frontbench, I am writing to you to offer to work together, in a collegiate, cross party spirit, to find a practical way to prevent No Deal.

This is an urgent task. The Prime Minister is reportedly planning to suspend parliament to force through a No Deal crash out. This action would be, according to legal advice I’ve received from Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti, “the gravest abuse of power and attack upon UK constitutional principle in living memory”.

My view is that holding a general election after an extension is achieved is the simplest and most democratic way to prevent No Deal and to let the people of this country decide our future. Indeed, it is the best route to a referendum or leaving the EU with a deal.

I understand not all colleagues may agree.

So I would like to invite you to join a dialogue with myself, as leader of the Labour Party, and other opposition parties, to find a way for the clear will of parliament against No Deal to express itself. Please respond by email.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Sent to: Bim Afolami, Peter Aldous, Heidi Allen, Harriet Baldwin, Guto Bebb, Henry Bellingham, Richard Benyon, Paul Beresford, Nick Boles, Peter Bottomley, Andrew Bowie, Karen Bradley, Steve Brine, James Brokenshire, Alex Burghart, Alistair Burt, James Cartlidge, Alex Chalk, Greg Clark, Ken Clarke, Damian Collins, Alberto Costa, Stephen Crabb, Glyn Davies, Jonathan Djanogly, David Duguid, Alan Duncan, Philip Dunne, Tobias Ellwood, Michael Fallon, Mark Field, Vicky Ford, Roger Gale, Mark Garnier, David Gauke, Cheryl Gillan, Robert Goodwill, Luke Graham, Richard Graham, Bill Grant, Helen Grant, Damian Green, Justine Greening, Dominic Grieve, Sam Gyimah, Kirstene Hair, Philip Hammond, Richard Harrington, Trudy Harrison, Oliver Heald, Peter Heaton-Jones, Nick Herbert, Sylvia Hermon, Damian Hinds, Simon Hoare, George Hollinbery, Kevin Hollinrake, John Howell, Nigel Huddleston, Jeremy Hunt, Margot James, Andrew Jones, Daniel Kawczynski, Gillian Keegan, Stephen Kerr, John Lamont, Phillip Lee, Jeremy Lefroy, Oliver Letwin, Ivan Lewis, David Lidington, Jack Lopresti, Paul Masterson, Theresa May, Patrick McLoughlin, Huw Merriman, Maria Miller, Anne Milton, Andrew Mitchell, Damien Moore, David Morris, David Mundell, Bob Neill, Sarah Newton, Caroline Noakes, Neil O’Brien, Neil Parish, Mark Pawsey, John Penrose, Claire Perry, Dan Poulter, Victoria Prentis, Mark Prisk, Mary Robinson, Douglas Ross, Antoinette Sandbach, Andrew Selous, Alec Shelbrooke, Keith Simpson, Angela Smith, Nicholas Soames, Caroline Spelman, John Stevenson, Rory Stewart, Gary Streeter, Mel Stride, Julian Sturdy, Hugo Swire, Derek Thomas, Maggie Throup, David Tredinnick, Tom Tugendhat, Ed Vaizey, David Warburton, John Woodcock, Jeremy Wright