Statement by New Europeans on decision by Boris Johnson to shut down UK parliament

We are profoundly concerned about the decision by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP to prorogue the UK parliament and curtail the rights of MPs to scrutinise the government’s actions and prevent a no-deal Brexit. It is a democratic shut down.

Listen to interview with Roger Casale, Founder and CEO of New Europeans on Deutsche Welle, 28/08/2019

The decision will have a particularly negative impact on EU citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe who were denied a vote in the referendum and whose rights will be most at risk if the UK leaves the EU.​
That is why it is important that we now massively step up our campaigns aimed at preventing a no deal Brexit and to protect the rights of #the5million through our #EUGreenCard campaign.
We must also continue to expose the #DeniedMyVote scandal, not least because it throws a European and international spotlight on the deliberate and systematic way in which the UK government has subverted and continues to subvert the democratic process.​

The UK government cannot flout parliamentary sovereignty in the UK in the name of "taking back control".

Parliamentary scrutiny is essential to ensuring Brexit is compliant with international law, particularly in relation to the border arrangements in Northern Ireland. The UK's Human Rights Act means that Brexit can not take place in a way that puts lives at risk.

We will continue to appeal to European and international institutions to guarantee respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the UK. These norms are fundamental to safe-guarding the basic freedoms and security of citizens.

Britons need an institution to turn to when their governments go rogue, as do all citizens of Europe  - a powerful argument for the UK's continued membership of the EU.


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