British MPs press Johnson to recall parliament over Brexit

Monday, August 19th, 2019 00:00 |
Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

London, Sunday

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under pressure Sunday to immediately recall lawmakers from their summer holiday so parliament can debate Brexit.

Over 100 MPs have written to Johnson to urge him to reconvene and let them sit permanently until October 31—the date Britain is due to leave the European Union.

MPs are not due to return until September 3. “Our country is on the brink of an economic crisis, as we career towards a no-deal Brexit,” said the letter, signed by MPs and opposition party leaders who want to halt Britain’s departure from the EU.

“We face a national emergency, and parliament must be recalled now.” Johnson insists Britain must leave the EU on October 31, with or without a divorce deal.

Labour main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to call a vote of no confidence in Johnson’s government after parliament returns.

He hopes to take over as a temporary prime minister, seek an extension to Britain’s EU departure date to stop a no-deal Brexit, and then call a general election.  - AFP

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