British Parliament must reopen "immediately".
112 cross-party MPs' letter backed by history and Constitution
London, 18 August 2019 - A cross-party call signed by 112 MPs for the Parliament to reopen "immediately" from the summer recess addressed the Prime Minister mentioning historic precedents for 'political, security and economic reasons" and stressing the emergency contingency of Brexit. "This is a national emergency. There is no mandate for an undemocratic no-deal Brexit. Reckless Johnson and unelected Cummings want to gag our democracy. We have written to the PM to demand he recalls Parliament", said in a joint tweet Independent MP Luciana Berger and Labour-Co-operative MP Stephen John Doughty who lead the move.
In the three pages letter to Boris Johnson, MPs put forward the constitutional character of the move:"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 statement from you and your ministers on progress on Brexit deal and to scrutinise your preparations for a no-deal on 31st October", It is stated in the first lines of the letter posted by signatories MPs on Twitter in the early hours of Sunday.
"Since WWII Parliament has been recalled multiple times...the devaluation crisis of 1949, the Suez Crisis 1956, Government spending cuts in 1968, the fuel shortage in 1974, the invasion of the Falklands Islands in 1982, the invasion of Kwait in 1990, the Omagh bombing in 1998, the response to 9/11 in 2001, the riots of 2011...the Parliament has been called has been recalled for tributes to the Queen Mother in 2002 and Lady Thatcher in 2013", explains the letter not just comparing the Brexit crisis and the risk of no-deal to historic emergencies of the past to ground the legal evidence of the recall, but also mentioning non serious cases (the Queen and Thatcher) to ensure in this serious emergency for the country the call can not be ignored.
Jeremy Corbyn and majority of Labour Party did not sign the letter.
Leading signatures: Westminster leaders at Commons SNP Ian Blackford, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson, Green Caroline Lucas, Plaid Cymru Liz Saville -Roberts. Also Lib Dem Tom Brake and Chuka Umunna, ChangeUK leader Anna Soubry, Conservative Dominic Grieve, remainer Labour MPs David Lammy, Clive Lewis , Owen Smith.