Justin Welby to head new citizens’ assembly over Brexit

Aug 26, 2019 by

By Tola Mbakwe, Premier:

It’s been reported that plans are in the works for the Archbishop of Canterbury to chair a citizens’ assembly in efforts to stop a no-deal Brexit.

According to The Times, Most Rev Justin Welby is in talks with a cross-party group of senior MPs about the series of meetings, which would start next month in Coventry Cathedral.

The assembly, which will be comprised of 100 people, will put together proposals to parliament with suggestions on how on the UK can leave the European Union with a deal.

Frank Field, a Christian, and chairman of the work and pensions select committee who campaigned for Brexit in 2016, told The Times that he agrees with the idea.

“I support any means by which we might be able to come, as a country, towards a negotiated Brexit, and therefore I’m really pleased with what the assemblies are trying to do,” he said.

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See also: Iain Duncan Smith slams Archbishop of Canterbury’s ‘deeply inappropriate’ plans to chair citizen’s assembly aimed at averting No Deal Brexit

By Larisa Brown, MailOnline:

Archbishop Welby has said a No Deal Brexit would be ‘not only a political and practical failure, but a moral one’…

The assembly would be asked to put proposals to Parliament to provide direction over Brexit and a national reconciliation. It is thought it would be based on the model used in Ireland in 2016 on the abortion issue when 100 diverse citizens discussed it.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘I got a very nice letter from the Archbishop. As far as I understand, he wants to bring the country together and I certainly support him in that.’

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