UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing pressure on Sunday to recall lawmakers from their summer recess so parliament can debate Brexit.
More than 100 British lawmakers sent a letter published on Sunday to Johnson to demand that parliament be convened permanently until October 31, when the UK will leave the European Union.
The summer recess of Parliament ends on 3 September.
“Our country is on the verge of an economic crisis and we are heading towards a Brexit without an agreement,” wrote the letter, signed by opposition lawmakers and leaders who do not want Britain out of the EU or hope to avoid Brexit without agreement.
“We are in a state of national emergency and parliament should be summoned immediately,” they said in the letter.
Parliament is supposed to stop again shortly after its return as major parties hold their annual conferences in September.
The British Prime Minister has repeatedly confirmed his intention to remove the United Kingdom from the European Union on 31 October, whether it happens with or without agreement.
– “No deal” is better than Corbin.
Jeremy Corbin, leader of the opposition Labor Party, is calling for a no-confidence vote on conservative Johnson as soon as parliament reconvenes.
If he succeeds in overthrowing Johnson, Corbin hopes to become acting prime minister, demanding, as such, a new postponement of Brexit, avoiding an exit without agreement, and calling for early legislative elections.
“What we need is a government ready to negotiate with the EU so that we don’t have a catastrophic exit on October 31,” Corbin said on Saturday. “It is clear that the government does not want to do that.”
But a YouGov poll showed Corbin does not have the support of most Britons.
According to a poll conducted Thursday and Friday on a representative sample from 1968 Britain, 48 percent of those polled said they would prefer the UK to leave the EU without an agreement that Corbin become prime minister.
In contrast, 35 percent of those polled said they support Corbin taking over as prime minister and organizing a new referendum on whether the UK will leave or remain in the EU.
The remaining 17% of respondents refused to give their opinion on this issue.
Asked about Britain’s exit from the EU without an agreement, 49 percent said they would consider it an unacceptable way out, while 38 percent said otherwise.
– Shortage of materials according to report –
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain could face a shortage of food, fuel and medicine and chaos at its ports if Brexit is without agreement, the Sunday Times newspaper quoted a government report as saying on Sunday.
The document states that some form of border will be imposed on the island of Ireland.
The leaked document prepared by the Prime Minister’s Office this month speaks of the possible repercussions of Brexit without an agreement, the newspaper said.
The document says congestion can affect fuel distribution, while 85 percent of trucks using Europe’s main ports may not be ready for French customs.
The availability of fresh food will decline and prices could rise, the newspaper said.
– Balmoral trip –
Meanwhile, Johnson’s girlfriend Carrie Simmonds will accompany the prime minister when he heads to Queen Elizabeth II at her private residence in Scotland.
The Queen traditionally hosts the Prime Minister on a weekend in September.
Public relations expert Simmonds will join Johnson in Balmoral next month, the Associated Press news agency quoted sources as saying.
Simonds is likely to be the first unmarried partner of a functioning prime minister, based in Balmoral.
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