Following the formal approval given by Queen Elizabeth for temporary suspension of British parliament, Britain’s main opposition Labour Party has vowed to do everything possible to stop a no-deal Brexit after parliament returns on Tuesday. The statement was made on Monday by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Queen Elizabeth had on Wednesday approved a request by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to suspend the Parliament. The approval triggered protests and petitions across the UK as opposition party members saw the move as an effort to prevent lawmakers from pushing through new legislation and ultimately sabotaging the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.
Lawmakers opposed to the possibility of Britain leaving the European Union on Oct. 31 without an orderly debate and transition arrangement are drawing up plans to come up with legislation that will force the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to rule out a no-deal exit.
The Prime Minister had said his efforts to strike a new withdrawal agreement with the EU would be frustrated by any attempt to block a no-deal Brexit.
According to excerpts of a speech the opposition leader will make in Salford, north England, on Monday, Corbyn will announce that Johnson’s move to shut down parliament is “an attack on democracy which will be resisted,”
“(On Monday) the shadow cabinet will be meeting to finalize our plans to stop the disaster of No Deal ahead of the return of parliament (on Tuesday),” he will say, referring to a meeting of senior Labour figures.
“We are working with other parties to do everything necessary to pull our country back from the brink.”
Johnson told the Sunday Times that the choice for lawmakers was either to side with Corbyn, who “wanted to scrub the democratic verdict of the people – and plunge this country into chaos”, or with those who “wanted to get on with it.”
Corbyn, however, will say the battle to stop a no-deal Brexit is not a struggle between those who want to leave the EU and those who want to stay.
“It’s a battle of the many against the few who are hijacking the referendum result to shift even more power and wealth towards those at the top,” he will say.
Labour said the threat of a no-deal Brexit was adding to what it said was the damage already done to industry by nine years of Conservative government.
But UK government said the opposition leader, Corbyn, was only offering “more delay and uncertainty”.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservatives can provide the leadership Britain needs, leave the EU by 31 October, whatever the circumstances, and deliver the change British people voted for,” said Conservative deputy chairman Paul Scully.
According to The Post, Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said on Sunday the party’s plan, which will be published on Tuesday, had one “very simple” aim: to stop Johnson taking Britain out of the EU without a deal, if necessary by forcing him to extend the Brexit deadline again.
Boris Johnson will meet some opposition party members on Monday to discuss his efforts towards securing a withdrawal deal, a former minister, David Gauke, said on Sunday.
But Gauke told Sky News he was prepared to disobey Conservative Party discipline to prevent a no-deal Brexit, according to The Post.