British lawmakers reject opposition move to block no-deal Brexit

MPs voted narrowly against the motion

MPs voted narrowly against the motion

"Any Tory (Conservative) leadership candidate should know that parliament will continue to fight against no deal".

(Although some of the Labour Leavers' preferences for a deal rely on the belief, shared by many Tory Brexiteers, that a backstop-free one is possible to negotiate.) Why, then, did so many not seize the opportunity to give parliament some control over the Brexit process in what might have been the flawless moment, when there is barely a functioning government?

Former minister Sir Oliver Letwin has said parliament may have run out of options to prevent the next prime minister to push through a no-deal Brexit.

Former Conservative MP Nick Boles, who flew back to the United Kingdom to vote with Labour on Wednesday, also conceded that opponents of a no-deal departure were fast running out of options, apart from a confidence vote to bring down the government.

The EU considers the Brexit deal, negotiated over 18 months, to be complete and not open to renegotiation. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn could be heard shouting across the chamber: "You won't be cheering in September!"

In a progress report on its no-deal Brexit planning, the European Commission said Britain departing without an agreement "remains a possible, although undesirable, outcome".

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His belated admission came after the Commons narrowly voted on Wednesday to reject a Labour motion, backed by other opposition parties, which would have enabled MPs to take control of the business of the House on June 25.

But it wasn't enough to make up for the eight Labour MPs who opposed the motion and the few who actively abstained (most of those with "no vote recorded" were authorised absences).

Ahead of the vote Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said he's nervous the incoming Prime Minister may resort to "drastic action" in order to avoid the "humiliation of the present Prime Minister" over their Brexit promises.

Several Tory leadership candidates have been flaunting their "hard-Brexit" credentials in pursuit of the position of prime minister.

Boris Johnson has launched his bid for the Tory crown with a warning to MPs they will "reap the whirlwind" if they try to thwart Brexit.

Brexit secretary, Steve Barclay, labelled the bill an unacceptable "blind motion" that would give MPs a "virtually unlimited scope" to prevent no-deal.

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