- In a show of defiance, a group of more than 100 MPs representing every Westminster party except the DUP has signed a letter stating it is “unacceptable” for parliament to wait until next month to sit again, with the Brexit deadline looming.
The call comes with more Tory MPs opposed to leaving without a deal making clear that they will not back Corbyn’s offer of heading a temporary government that is committed to delaying Brexit and calling an election. Corbyn told the Observer that MPs were flirting with disaster.
“My message to MPs across parliament is simple and urgent: only by working together can we stop no deal,” he said. “Three years after the EU referendum, the country stands at a precipice. Boris Johnson has become prime minister without any popular mandate.
He has no right to drive our country off a cliff and into the arms of Donald Trump with his no-deal fixation. The plan I set out last week is the simplest and most democratic way to stop no deal. We have to seize the opportunity before it’s too late, so the people, rather than an unelected prime minister, can decide our country’s future.”
Corbyn’s opponents insist that any temporary government will only gain enough support if it is led by a neutral figure.
The former Conservative minister Sir Oliver Letwin, a key figure in parliament directing efforts against a no-deal Brexit, said on Saturday he could not back a Corbyn-led emergency government. It is understood that Richard Harrington, a Tory MP who quit as a minister over Brexit, also feels he could not back a Corbyn-led government.
Source: The Guardian