Corbyn warns of ‘anti-democratic abuse of power’

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has sought confirmation that Boris Johnson could not force through a No Deal Brexit in the middle of a general election campaign.

The letter, sent to Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill, follows reports from Downing Street that the new Prime Minister could seek to force through No Deal through a Westminster stitch-up, without any democratic mandate and during a general election campaign, to block the people deciding at the ballot box.

The Labour leader is concerned that the UK could leave the EU on 31 October, while a campaign is ongoing and before a new government is elected. Johnson currently has a working majority in Parliament of just one.

In the letter, Corbyn denounces the plot as ‘an unprecedented, unconstitutional and anti-democratic abuse of power’, arguing that it is only right to ‘let the electorate decide’ the country’s future and not allow a stitch up from ‘a Prime Minister elected, not by the public, but by a small number of unrepresentative Conservative Party Members’.