Jeremy Corbyn cancels Ghana trip to meet rival MPs about stopping no-deal Brexit

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Jeremy Corbyn tonight invited key Tory rebels and party leaders to a meeting on stopping a no-deal Brexit .

The Labour leader cancelled a planned four-day fact-finding trip to Ghana to schedule the meeting next Tuesday.

He issued his invitation minutes after Boris Johnson arrived in Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel – to shouts of “stop Brexit!”.

Mr Johnson ramped up preparations for a no-deal exit on October 31 as talks with Ms Merkel were expected to end in deadlock.

But Mr Corbyn said in his letter: “The chaos and dislocation of Boris Johnson’s No Deal Brexit is real and threatening, as the government’s leaked Operation Yellowhammer dossier makes crystal clear.

“That’s why we must do everything we can to stop it.”

Mr Johnson was meeting tonight for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

 

Mr Corbyn wrote to SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, Lib Dem Jo Swinson, Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts, Green MP Caroline Lucas and key Tories despite rivals previously rejecting his call to lead a caretaker government.

He also wrote to Tory Remainer rebels Guto Bebb, Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin, Nick Boles and Caroline Spelman.

Labour figures will need the support of at least a couple of Tory MPs if they are to win a vote of no-confidence in Boris Johnson’s government next month.

A Labour spokeswoman said: “Jeremy Corbyn has postponed international commitments to continue his push to block a damaging No Deal Brexit.”

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Full text of the letter

Further to our correspondence last week, I would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss all tactics available to prevent No Deal.

The country is heading into a constitutional and political storm, so it is vital that we meet urgently, before Parliament returns.

The chaos and dislocation of Boris Johnson’s No Deal Brexit is real and threatening, as the government’s leaked Operation Yellowhammer dossier makes crystal clear. That’s why we must do everything we can to stop it.

I hope you are able to attend the meeting, which we will hold in my office on Tuesday 27th August at 12pm.

Please confirm your attendance by email.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Corbyn



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