Motion to block no-deal Brexit defeated: UK Parliament

British MPs have defeated an attempt led by the opposition Labour Party to try to block a no-deal Brexit

British MPs have defeated an attempt led by the opposition Labour Party to try to block a no-deal Brexit

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.

Despite having launched his leadership campaign on a platform of wishing to avoid a full Brexit, but preparing for it anyway, The Times reports Boris Johnson reassured Eurosceptic group of Westminster Conservatives the European Research Group that he wouldn't take closing Parliament to ensure Brexit off the table.

Labour is using a vote on Wednesday to try and seize control of the parliamentary agenda later this month to give lawmakers the chance to introduce legislation aimed at preventing the suspension of parliament or a no-deal exit.

"It shouldn't need saying, but many seem to have forgotten that getting a deal would be by some distance the better outcome, both for the United Kingdom and the EU".

"I have really struggled very hard to think of every available opportunity and I can't now think of anymore".

Prior to the vote, a debate was held by the shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer in the House of Commons who urged his colleagues to back the cross-party motion that would stop the new prime minister from suspending parliament and enacting a no-deal Brexit.

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Many economists have argued a no-deal Brexit would cause economic turmoil and plunge Britain into recession.

"But this is just the start, not the end of our efforts to block no-deal". Business can have no absolute reassurance that an agreement will be reached, particularly given the commitment of some Conservative leadership candidates to leaving the European Union in October, with or without a deal.

"Even if it means my resigning the whip and leaving the party, I will not allow this country to be taken out of the European Union on a no deal Brexit without the approval of this House and, in my view, going back to the country and asking that if that is what they want".

"It has to be respected by whoever is the next British prime minister", he continued. Vaz earlier said: "One of the many governmental powers which can be exercised without statutory authority by convention is the dissolution of Parliament, or proroguing if it's the end of the session".

However, the opposition said the defeat was disappointing but believed there was a majority in the Commons against a no deal and it remained "determined to win this fight".

Conservative frontrunner Boris Johnson warned that MPs face "mortal retribution" if they fail to deliver Brexit.

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