Whichever way you voted in the EU Referendum, however fed up you are with Brexit, this week’s events should concern everyone who believes that at a time of national crisis, MPs must take responsibility for protecting the interests of their constituents and Parliament must sit to hold the Government to account and ensuring the nations' interests are best protected.
The Prime Minister is determined to crash us out of the EU without a deal on October 31st even though he knows that the majority of MPs from all parties, “Leavers and Remainers”, have consistently voted against such a move. We all agree leaving the EU without a deal would, in the words of the former Conservative Business Secretary, be a “disaster” for our economy and indeed would threaten peace in Northern Ireland.
There is no mandate for leaving the EU without a deal - indeed the Leave campaign led by people like Boris Johnson promised we would not leave until we had a deal.
Boris Johnson knows Parliament will block his no deal plans and so he has suspended it for five weeks. It’s as outrageous as it is irresponsible and profoundly undemocratic.
Following a meeting between all the leaders of the opposition parties, which I attended, and discussions amongst MPs of all parties and views on Brexit, we will try to introduce legislation next week to stop a no deal Brexit. Our aim is not to stop Brexit but to prevent our crashing out without a deal.
Parliament returns on Tuesday and on reckoning, it will be quite a week.
Meanwhile my thanks for all the emails of support.