Dear Mrs Morgan,
I am writing to you as a Loughborough Constituent and a very concerned citizen of our great country.
Today’s news that the Prime Minister is to prorogue Parliament for 23 working days represents a significant assault on our democracy.
It is well known that Parliamentary solutions are being sought to prevent a no-deal Brexit. A no-deal Brexit which you have been quoted as having a “severe impact on the economy, employers and the finances of households across the country”. A no-deal Brexit which you used to strongly oppose, and which nobody on the “leave” side of the Brexit campaign seriously advocated. This extended period of Parliamentary inactivity clearly makes it much more difficult for our sovereign Parliament to have its say and prevent a no-deal crash out, given that it concludes so close to a crucial EU Council Summit.
Your significant change of heart towards “no-deal” and Boris Johnson himself, seems to be driven by some desire to simply “get it over with”. This logic is flawed. “No deal” means many years negotiating a new trade deal with Europe from a weaker negotiating position, many more years negotiating with the USA, and many, many more years negotiating with China, India, and the rest of the world: each with demands for parts of our health and public services markets, pharmaceutical pricing, migration of workers, lowering of food standards etc… etc…
A no-deal Brexit will continue to dominate our politics, simply to put us in a much weaker, poorer, more-divided and less influential position. Far from taking back control, we will be giving away control to foreign governments.
The Prime Minister said today that the proroguing of Parliament was simply about setting out a new domestic policy agenda in a Queen’s Speech. A statement that was insulting to the intelligence of the people of our country; as was his assertion of a “million to one chance of a no-deal Brexit” during the recent Tory leadership race when “no-deal” was so clearly in his plans.
You have previously said unequivocally that you would not serve in a Boris Johnson Cabinet. As a one of your Constituents I seriously think you should now reconsider your decision to do so.
These are unprecedented political games that are literally gambling with the future of the people of Loughborough, Shepshed, and the surrounding area, and gambling with the very future of our proud United Kingdom.
Please act now by resigning from Government in order to send a message that such constitutional games, are un-British, unacceptable and deeply concerning.