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Labour calls for a ‘general election’ or a ‘people’s vote’

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
28th Aug 19 11:57 am

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on Boris Johnson to call a “general election” or a second “public vote.”

Corbyn has said he is “appalled at the recklessness” of Johnson’s government and said he is outraged as this is a “threat to our democracy.”

In his first statement Corbyn said, “I am appalled at the recklessness of Johnson’s government, which talks about sovereignty and yet is seeking to suspend parliament to avoid scrutiny of its plans for a reckless No Deal Brexit. This is an outrage and a threat to our democracy.

“That is why Labour has been working across Parliament to hold this reckless government to account, and prevent a disastrous no-deal which parliament has already ruled out.

“If Johnson has confidence in his plans, he should put them to the people in a general election or public vote.”

Labour’s Hilary Benn, the Brexit select committee chair tweeted, “Whatever views one holds on Brexit, it is completely unacceptable that Parliament should be prevented from holding the Government to account at this absolutely crucial time for our country and its future. #NoProrogation.”

Labour’s shadow Brexit minister Matthew Pennycook wrote, “Proroguing parliament for over a month is unprecedented in modern times.

“In the midst of the current political crisis, it’s an absolute outrage.

“There can be no compromise with this government. It has to be defeated.

“MPs from all sides will resist.”

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