The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson writes Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, as he continues to try everything possible to see that he achieves his goal of taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union with a deal. Boris Johnson writes to Labour party telling them that he will give MPs more time to debate his Brexit deal in the Commons, if they agree to a general election on December 12.
This move from Boris Johnson comes a day after his Brexit deal timetable was voted against by Parliament, as parties are hoping for three-month Brexit extension from the European Union.
“I’m afraid it looks as though our EU friends are going to respond to Parliament’s request by having an extension, which I really don’t want at all,” Boris Johnson had said to BBC.
“So, the way to get this done, the way to get Brexit done, is, I think, to be reasonable with Parliament and say if they genuinely want more time to study this excellent deal they can have it but they have to agree to a general election on December 12.”
The Government is understood to be planning on tabling the motion for an election on Monday. Mr Johnson is also expected to address MPs on Thursday evening.
Boris Johnson writes warning Labour not to try to block an election through the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act.
“I think it would be absolutely morally incredible if they were to do so,” he said.
“If Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party refuse to go along with this deal … then you have to ask what is the purpose they think they would be serving in Parliament.”
He added: “We would campaign day after day after day for the people of this country to be released from subjection to a Parliament that has outlived its usefulness.
“It is time frankly for this Parliament to make way for a new, fresh parliament that can deliver on the priorities of the British people.”
Boris Johnson writes to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, saying:
“This Parliament must get Brexit done now or a NEW Parliament must get Brexit done so the country can move on.”
He said in the letter: “In our meeting yesterday you suggested that we propose a new timetable for getting the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) through Parliament.
“This Parliament has, with your encouragement, voted repeatedly for the delay. The vote on Tuesday was Parliament’s last chance to get Brexit done before 31 October and it voted, again, for delay.
“I am extremely sceptical this habit will change and many will doubt that this Parliament will do anything other than waste more time and then, in January, ask for yet another delay.”
“These repeated delays have been bad for the economy, bad for businesses and bad for millions of people trying to plan their future. If businesses assume that this Parliament will stay, paralysed, refusing to take responsibility for months after months into 2020, it will cause misery for millions.
It is our duty to end this nightmare and provide the country with a solution as soon as we reasonably can.
The EU may offer only a short extension, say to 15 to 30th November. This would obviously be my preference but I was legally prevented by Parliament and the courts from suggesting this. In these circumstances, I assume you will reverse your vote of Tuesday and you will cooperate with me to get our new Brexit deal ratified so we leave with a new deal rather than no deal.
If the EU offers the delay that Parliament has requested, that is, we must stay in until 31 January, then it is clear that there must be an election. We cannot risk further paralysis. In these circumstances, the commons will vote next week on whether to hold an election to be held on 12th December. This would mean that Parliament would dissolve just after midnight on 6th November.
If you commit to voting for an election next week( in the event of the EU offering a delay until January and the Government accepting as it is legally forced to do by Parliament) then we will make available all possible time between how now and 6th November for the WAB to be discussed and voted through, including Fridays, Weekends, the earliest starts and the latest finishes.
This means that we could get Brexit deal before the election on 12th December if MPs chose to do so.
But if Parliament refuses to take this chance and fails to ratify by the end of 6th November, as I fear it will then the issue will have to be resolved by a new Parliament and Government to be in place by Chrismas.
If I win a Majority in this election, we will then ratify the great new deal that I have negotiated get Brexit done in January and the country will move on.
If you win a majority, then you will, I assume implement your policy, that is, you will ask for another delay after 31 January 2020 to give you the time bot to negotiate a new deal, then have a referendum in which you may or may not campaign for your own deal./
It is time for MPs finally to take responsibility. More people voted to leave in 2016 than have ever voted for anything, Parliament promised to respect the referendum results. But Parliament has repeatedly avoided doing this.
Given this situation, we must give the voters the chance to resolve this situation as soon as reasonably possible before the next deadline of 31 January. We cannot risk waiting the next three months than this farce being replayed with yet another delay in January 2020 and still no way for the country to move on.
The Parliament has refused to take decisions. It cannot refuse to let the voters replace it with a new parliament that can make a decision.
Prolonging this paralysis into 2020 would have dangerous consequences for businesses, jobs and basic confidence in democratic institutions, already badly damaged by the behaviour of parliament since the referendum. Parliament cannot continue to hold the country hostage.
You have repeatedly said that once the EU accepts Parliament’s request for a delay until 31 January, then you would immediately support an election. I assume this remains your position and therefore you will support an election next week so the voters can replace this broken Parliament.
I am copying this letter to the other Westminister political party leaders” the letter stated.