With just over a week’s time left for UK parliament to shutdown, UK lawmakers, opposed to the no-deal Brexit, are gearing up to pass a legislation within this week, The Labour Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said that the legislation would be published on Tuesday, with a “very simple” objective, to prevent UK prime minister Boris Johnson from divorcing the European Union without a proper economic deal in place.
In an interview with BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday, Starmer said, “Obviously, if we are at the 31st of October, that will require an extension… But I think this should be a very short, simple exercise designed to ensure we don’t crash out without a deal.”
The lawmakers who have come together to put forward the legislation included not only members of Labour Party but also some of the Conservations who don’t believe in Johnson’s treatment to the issue, which in their opinion has proved detrimental to the UK economy.
Senior minister Michael Gove, one of Johnson’s close aid coordinating contingency plans for no-deal, was sceptical about the effectiveness of the legislation. He believed that Johnson’s government could brush it aside, since the British prime minister was committed to his words of taking Britain out of the bloc on October 31, with or without a deal. He was confident that the legislation would not be an issue as the majority of the lawmakers would side Johnson in making Brexit a reality
He said, “We know the prime minister is making progress with our European friends and allies in attempting to secure a deal, and I don’t believe that people will want to erect a roadblock in his way.”
Expressing his shock over Gove’s attitude towards the legislation, Starmer said that it was “breathtaking” for government to not comply with any legislation passed lawfully. He wrote on Twitter, “No government is above the law.”
With UK consumer confidence touching six-year low, Gove said that preparations for no-deal Brexit were in place and would make sure that there was no shortage of fresh food. Though ‘some prices (of food) may go up, other prices will come down’.
The British Retail Consortium called Gove’s statement “categorically untrue”.
The BRC said, “The availability of fresh foods will be impacted as a result of checks and delays at the border.”