I am writing to you after calling a meeting earlier today with the leaders of other opposition parties on how we can work together, across Parliament, to prevent a damaging exit of No Deal from the 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 the No Deal. As deputies we have voted against No Deal on several occasions and we did so in greater numbers on March 27 of this year.
As you were one of 116 Conservative or Independent MPs who voted against No Deal that day and you are not on the government front bench, I am writing to offer to work together, in a collegiate and multi-party spirit, to find one. practical way to prevent No Deal.
This is an urgent task. The prime minister is reportedly planning to suspend parliament to force a no-deal deal. This action would be, according to the legal advice I have received from Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti, “the abuse of power and the gravest attack on the UK’s constitutional principle in memory”.
My opinion is that holding a general election after an extension is achieved is the simplest and most democratic way to avoid the No Deal and let the people of this country decide our future. In fact, it is the best route to a referendum or to leave the EU with an agreement.
I understand that not all colleagues can agree.
So I would like to invite you to join in a dialogue with myself, as the leader of the Labor Party, and other opposition parties, to find a way for the clear will of parliament against the No Deal to be expressed. Please reply by email.