Since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, the threat of leaving the EU with no deal has greatly increased. The possibility of a bad trade deal with the US under the current Trump administration is also looming over the horizon.
I have always maintained that crashing out of the EU without a deal would be catastrophic and my opinion has not changed. Businesses and trade unions alike have warned of the huge risks of No Deal for our economy and working people. The Government’s independent economic watchdog, the Office for Budget Responsibility, has also warned that No Deal could tip the economy into recession. Those who will pay the price will be working people, their families, and communities in our area and across the country.
As you will no doubt have seen in the news, last week Jeremy Corbyn wrote to other opposition leaders and rebel Tory MPs, asking for their support in allowing him to form a caretaker government until a general election can be held.
The Government has no mandate for a no deal exit from the EU. Labour’s plan is to table a vote of no confidence as soon as Parliament returns from summer recess. If that vote is successful, Corbyn will seek the confidence of the House to form a strictly time-limited temporary government, with the aim of calling a general election and securing the necessary extension of Article 50.
Like the vast majority of my constituents, I never wanted to leave the EU. I remain committed to doing all I can and will support any attempts to stop no deal. I am heartened to see that Members from other parties have agreed to meet with Corbyn.
But there is still a huge amount of work to do and we are running desperately short of time. That is why I have added my name to the letter – signed by more than 100 MP colleagues – asking the Speaker to recall Parliament.