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Opposition effort to block no-deal Brexit narrowly defeated

14 June 2019

Britain must be ready to leave the European Union without an exit deal on October 31, interior minister Sajid Javid said on Thursday, as he seeks to succeed Theresa May as prime minister.

British MPs have voted against a Labour Party bid to seize control of the parliamentary agenda from the government in order to try and block a no-deal Brexit.

"Stride told MPs: "(Ms Vaz) raised the issue of proroguing Parliament as, I'm sort of paraphrasing her comments, a device to perhaps ensure a no-deal situation in the absence of Parliament sitting.

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.

"With every week and month that goes by in which we fail to deliver on our promise", he continued, "I am afraid we will further alienate not just our natural supporters but anyone who believes that politicians should deliver on their promises". 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.

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

He said: "Labour stands ready to use whatever mechanism it can to protect jobs, the economy and communities from the disastrous consequences of a no-deal Brexit".

Johnson is hugely popular with grassroots supporters, but supporting no-deal is a calculated risk. "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".

Candidates Esther McVey and Dominic Raab have both spoken of their willingness to enact a no-deal-Brexit, but Rory Stewart, an outsider whose somewhat eccentric campaigning style has proved unexpectedly popular, told the BBC: "No-deal is a bad thing. the best way of stopping no deal is to vote for a candidate who is against no deal".

Opening the debate today Labour's shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer called the measure a safety valve so MPs could begin legislation to stop a new prime minister suspending parliament.

Opposition effort to block no-deal Brexit narrowly defeated