JEREMY Corbyn has invited senior politicians to a cross-meeting to discuss averting a no-deal Brexit.

In a letter, the Labour leader said: "The country is heading into a constitutional and political storm, so it is vital that we meet urgently, before Parliament returns.

"The chaos and dislocation of Boris Johnson's no-deal Brexit is real and threatening as the Government's leaked Operation Yellowhammer dossier makes crystal clear. That's why we must do everything we can to stop it."

The meeting is scheduled to take place at noon on August 27.

A Labour spokesman said Mr Corbyn had "postponed international commitments to continue his push to block a damaging no-deal Brexit"; the Labour leader was expected to visit Ghana in West Africa next week.

The letter is addressed to SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, Commons Plaid Cymru leader Liz Saville Roberts, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, Change UK leader Anna Soubry.

Remain-backing Tory MPs Guto Bebb, Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Caroline Spelman are also copied in as is former Conservative minister Nick Boles, who resigned the whip in opposition to the Government's approach to Brexit.

Mr Blackford said: "Boris Johnson is taking the UK towards a Brexit disaster. With time running out, it is now vital that MPs take every step necessary to stop Brexit and block a catastrophic no-deal.

"All options must be on the table. The SNP stands ready to pursue every avenue, including passing legislation to block no-deal and a vote of no confidence in the Tory government.

"Any form of Brexit would be devastating for Scotland and crashing out of the EU with no deal threatens to destroy 100,000 jobs and cost every person in the country £2,300 a year.

"Scotland did not vote for Brexit and we will not be left at the whim of Westminster. People in Scotland deserve the choice of a better future than the Brexit Britain being imposed on us."

The Highland MP added: "It is clearer than ever that the only way to properly protect Scotland's interests is by becoming an equal and independent European country. Preparations for a fresh referendum will continue so the people of Scotland will have that choice."

Mr Corbyn wrote to senior opposition politicians last week and outlined proposals to call a vote of no-confidence in the Government in the autumn and, if he won, he would lead a "strictly time-limited" caretaker government whose purpose would be to extend Article 50 and then call a general election.

However, this was met with fierce opposition from the Lib Dems with Ms Swinson saying Mr Corbyn was too divisive a figure to lead a government of national unity.

She instead suggested senior Conservative and Labour backbenchers Ken Clarke and Harriet Harman could take the helm instead.