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Britain’s Opposition Desperate to Block No-Deal Brexit


7Dnews London - Reuters

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 01:11 GMT

Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will say on Monday, September 2nd that the party will do everything necessary to stop a no-deal Brexit after parliament returns on Tuesday.

Lawmakers who rejected the possibility of Brexit on October 31st without an orderly transition arrangement are preparing plans to try to legislate to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to scrap a no-deal exit.

Johnson's move to shut down parliament is "an attack on democracy which will be resisted", according to excerpts of a speech Corbyn will make in Salford, north England, Reuters reported.

"(On Monday) the shadow cabinet will be meeting to finalise 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."

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.

Johnson has said his efforts to strike a new withdrawal agreement with the EU would be hampered by any attempt in Westminster to block a no-deal Brexit.

He has limited lawmakers' flexibility by suspending parliament for about a month before the Brexit deadline.

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, Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said on Sunday.