Forcing a no-deal Brexit would be ‘abuse of power’, says Labour’s Corbyn

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a rally calling for a general election in London, Britain July 25,2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) – Forcing through a no-deal Brexit during an election campaign would be “an unprecedented, unconstitutional and anti-democratic abuse of power” by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday

In a letter to cabinet secretary Mark Sedwill, Britain’s most senior government official, Corbyn said Labour would never support leaving the European Union without a deal and was concerned after reports suggested Johnson would do exactly that.

Earlier this month, the Sunday Telegraph said Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s senior adviser, had told ministers that the prime minister could schedule a new election after the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline if he lost a vote of no confidence.

Some lawmakers are looking at ways to try to stop any move to take Britain out of the EU without a deal, including bringing a motion of no confidence against Johnson’s government, which has a majority of one, when parliament reconvenes in September.

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