The letter from Jeremy Corbyn, Labor leader of the British parliamentary opposition, welcomed a letter of censure against a conservative prime minister, Boris Johnson, to prevent British membership of the European Union from being terminated without agreement.
In a letter published on Thursday, a left-wing politician wrote that the motion would be filed after the end of the summer legislative break if they saw a chance of being passed. Jeremy Corbyn also proposed the formation of an interim government led by the Labor Party. In a strictly transitional period, the European Council would be asked to postpone again the deadline of 31 October for Brexit. They would call early elections to campaign for a new referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU and the terms of its exit.
According to polls, a significantly strengthened Liberal Democratic leader rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal. The recently appointed leader of the opposition party, Jo Swinson, who maintains EU membership, does not reject the idea of a motion of censure, but cannot accept the identity of the leader of the Labor Party. Instead, Ken Clarke would recommend a conservative politician, a veteran of the ruling party, or Harriet Harman, an experienced Labor politician for a short time, as head of the transitional government. In addition, at a London event, he called on his fellow MEPs to pass a law that would prevent disorganization.
But Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party, said they were open to any solution that could prevent Brexit. “We would work with anyone and consider every opportunity,” he told the BBC. In Scotland, the overwhelming majority voted to uphold EU membership in the 2016 referendum, and the Scottish Prime Minister has repeatedly said he will not allow Scotland to be ‘dragged out’ of the European Union against its will. However, the British government criticized Corbyn’s plan. A spokesman for Boris Johnson said that if he came to power, the opposition politician would “overturn” the outcome of the Brexit referendum and ruin the economy. By contrast, the prime minister respects the outcome of a referendum three years ago and would spend more money on the National Health Service (NHS), he said.
However, four conservative MEPs have indicated that they are ready for a dialogue with Jeremy Corbyn, the most important being to prevent an uninvolved exit.
The lower house of the British Parliament will meet again on 3 September. If a motion of censure is filed, there are three possible outcomes. Boris Johnson, who is in a minority party with the support of the Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) – and still has a one-man majority – wins the vote. In this case everything remains unchanged. If you lose, you have 14 days to form a new majority in Parliament. However, Johnson would have the opportunity to seek a majority, so it is not self-evident that the opposition would get a controlling majority. If no new majority is reached within 14 days, elections will be called and preparations will take 6-7 weeks. However, the date may be proposed by the prime minister, in this case Boris Johnson, and it is generally expected that he would choose a date after 31 October Brexit.
The government is firmly of the opinion that the United Kingdom will definitely leave the EU on 23 October at 23 pm British time, whether it succeeds in renegotiating the agreement or not. Moreover, according to some experts, there is no legal obligation for Johnson to resign after a losing vote of confidence under the 2011 Parliamentary Elections Act, although this would amount to an unprecedented disregard for tradition.
In his campaign for his election, Boris Johnson, who has been in office since July 24, has not ruled out that he would be ready to initiate a parliamentary suspension with the ruler. It is criticized as severely damaging the central element of British constitutionalism, the sovereignty of parliament. A majority of MEPs reject a disorganized Brexit.