This is no time to suspend Parliament

28 Aug 2019 Seamus McAleavey    Last updated: 29 Aug 2019

NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey has reacted to the decision by the UK Government to suspend Parliament only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline.

NICVA has consistently called for the imminent potential disaster of a no deal Brexit to be prevented, yet the UK Government seems determined to take actions to further its likelihood, despite the grave social and economic implications for Northern Ireland.

NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey commented:

“The idea the Government should suspend Parliament in the run up to Brexit day, under any guise, is reckless.  As the UK moves towards a no deal Brexit, Parliament should be sitting and working to resolve the current Brexit crisis, not in summer recess, not recessing for the party conferences or not to prepare a “very exciting agenda” as Prime Minister Boris Johnson says.

There is abundant evidence that the impact of crashing out of the European Union without a deal would be hugely detrimental to Northern Ireland society with grave economic, social and environmental consequences given our unique circumstances.

Suspending Parliament undermines democracy and virtually removes the possibility of reaching agreement to resolve the Brexit crisis, making a no deal Brexit disaster almost unavoidable.”

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