Church leaders have written to Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to reconsider his “deal or no deal” approach to Brexit.
Mr Johnson has an uphill struggle ahead of him to negotiate a new Brexit deal – despite the EU already saying there are no concessions to be made – and promised in his victory speech on Tuesday to “get Brexit done” by the October 31 deadline.
“We are going to energise the country. We are going to get Brexit done on Oct. 31 and we are going to take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring in a new spirit of can do,” he said, after securing the Tory leadership and 10 Downing Street in a ballot of party members.
In an open letter to Johnson on Wednesday, Church leaders from several denominations said they felt “compelled” to challenge the very real possibility of Britain crashing out of the EU in a no-deal Brexit.
The letter warns that failing to agree a Brexit deal with the EU will “hit those held back by poverty very hard indeed”.
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“Rather than being absent from the debate, this evidence & these communities should be at the heart of our debates around #Brexit.” But the @churchofengland’s leaders are absent from this act of witness. Some of us have now signed in support.
— Michael Sadgrove 🇪🇺 (@MichaelSadgrove) July 25, 2019