I have joined over 200 other MPs in signing the Church House Declaration, pledging to work cross-party and cross-nation to oppose the prorogation of Parliament to drive through a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
It comes as the Government is expected to prorogue Parliament on 12th September ahead of a Queen’s speech on 14th October in an attempt to prevent MPs passing legislation to avoid the UK leaving the EU without a deal. The Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, convened a meeting of other Opposition Party Westminster Leaders yesterday to discuss how MPs opposed to ‘no deal’ can work together in the coming weeks and months.
Suspending Parliament to prevent MPs influencing the biggest decision in our post-war history is treating our democracy with contempt and makes a mockery of the Brexiteers’ claim to champion parliamentary sovereignty. I will work with the other Church House Declaration signatories to use every political and parliamentary tool at our disposal to prevent Boris Johnson trashing our democracy and crashing out of the EU without a deal, which would be disastrous for the livelihoods and security of our people