By Ben Kerrigan-
Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn has accused Prime minister, Boris Johnson of an ”unconstitutional anti-democratic abuse of power”in the event of a no deal Brexit that fails to give the public a choice to vote in an election on how Brexit should play out.
Corbyn insists that the British public should be given a choice to decide how Britain leaves the EU, as he referred to the Cabinet Office’s election “purdah” guidance. The guidance states that policy decisions on which a new government “might be expected to want to take a different view” should be postponed until after the election.
Corbyn undermined the prime minister’s election by stating that he was not voted in by the public, but by” a small number of unrepresentative Conservative party members”. The comment is damning, but lacks validity because those who voted Johnson in were members of the Tory party, and the prime minister won by a large majority.
However, the labour leader is right that mr.Johnson was not voted in by the public, and so may be acting wrongly in taking suh a major decision without reference to the British public. Johnson and his allies would ofcourse argue that they are simply executing the wishes of the people by ensuring Brexit takes place by October 31.
Mr Corbyn added that a Labour government would never support a no-deal Brexit, but would rather “want the opportunity to take a different view”.
Corbyn called on Sir Mark to rule that if the UK was due to leave the EU with no deal during an election, the government should seek another time-limited extension to Article 50 to give voters the choice.
“Forcing through no-deal against a decision of Parliament, and denying the choice to the voters in a general election already under way, would be an unprecedented, unconstitutional and anti-democratic abuse of power by a prime minister elected not by the public but by a small number of unrepresentative Conservative Party members,” he wrote.