Over 100 MPs have called on Boris Johnson to request a recall of Parliament to allow scrutiny of his government’s approach on Brexit.
Johnson has said he will take the UK out of the EU on the planned deadline of 31st October with or without a deal. However, Parliament is currently in its summer recess. It is due to return on 3rd September.
A joint letter to the prime minister, coordinated by independent MP Luciana Berger, says:
“We are writing to request that you, on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government, ask the Speaker of the House of Commons to recall Parliament immediately to allow MPs to hear statements from your and your ministers on progress towards a Brexit deal and to scrutinise your preparations for a ‘no deal’ on 31 October.”
The letter continues:
“Waiting until 3 September when your Brexit deadline will only be a matter of weeks away is unacceptable.
We face a national emergency, and Parliament must be recalled now in August and sit permanently until 31 October, so that voices of the People can be heard, and that there can be proper scrutiny of your government.”
This is a national emergency. There is no mandate for an undemocratic no deal #Brexit. Reckless Johnson + unelected Cummings want to gag our democracy. We have written to the PM to demand he recalls Parliament. RT if you believe @BorisJohnson should #RecallNow pic.twitter.com/VSiLl6sOTw— Luciana Berger (@lucianaberger) August 17, 2019