Welby prays for politi­cians

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Har­riet Sher­wood

The arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury has warned that a no-deal Brexit would hit the poor­est and most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the UK.

Justin Welby said he was pray­ing for politi­cians at the start of what is ex­pected to be one of the most tu­mul­tuous weeks in re­cent par­lia­men­tary his­tory.

In an in­ter­view with the Chris­tian web­site Premier, he said: “The bur­den of proof is on those that are ar­gu­ing for no deal to show that it will not harm the poor­est and most vul­ner­a­ble … How we care about them and how our pol­i­tics af­fects them is a deeply moral is­sue.”

Welby, who is known to have voted re­main, said: “Politi­cians have one of the hard­est jobs in the world … we need to pray for them. It is un­be­liev­ably dif­fi­cult. When I pray for Theresa May and for all of our politi­cians, which I do ev­ery day ... [I pray for] wis­dom, courage and strength for them and their fam­i­lies.”

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