Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), has written to MPs asking them to do everything in their power to prevent a “catastrophic” no-deal Brexit.
“A no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for working families,” she wrote. “The prime minister has no mandate to force a catastrophic no-deal Brexit on the country.”
“There would be a serious risk of civil unrest, O’Grady added.
She also criticised the government’s decision to prorogue parliament as “reckless and divisive”. “No responsible government would even contemplate no deal. Using tactics like this to force it through should be unthinkable.”
MPs are preparing for what could be a chaotic first day Parliament after the summer recess, as rebel Conservative MPs seek to take control of the legislative agenda in an attempt to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has threatened to call a snap election if the rebels are successful. A senior government source said the election would be held on 14 October – two weeks before the Brexit deadline of 14 October.
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