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UK: MPs defeat motion to block no-deal Brexit

14 June 2019

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).

In the Commons, the cross-party motion which would have enabled MPs to take control of the business of the House on June 25 was defeated by 309 to 298 - a majority of 11.

"This is a disappointing, narrow defeat".

"But this is just the start, not the end of our efforts to block no-deal". Had the motion been passed, it would also have had a major impact on the Conservative leadership race, wiping out the favored policy of some candidates, but as things stand, the prospect of a no-deal Brexit is now a lot more realistic.

Britain could be heading towards a constitutional crisis over Brexit as numerous candidates vying to succeed Theresa May are prepared to leave the European Union on October 31 without a deal but the United Kingdom parliament has indicated it will try to thwart such a scenario, concerned about the potential economic disruption.

Tory Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen said: "The Conservative Parliamentary Party is such a broad church that some of my colleagues appear to be no longer in the church".

Some Tory candidates for prime minister - including the frontrunner, Boris Johnson - have said they would be prepared to leave the European Union without a deal but an IoD survey of nearly 1,000 companies found the proportion that had activated contingency plans between January and April rose from 18% to only 23%. He called on Mr Johnson. He told the BBC: "We have run out of all the possibilities that any of us can at the moment think of".

If that's not the case because the next Prime Minister fails to secure some kind of agreeable "alternative arrangements" solution and doesn't put the withdrawal agreement back to the Commons, there is an assumption that there will be another opportunity to block no deal. The EU no-deal preparations are mainly unilateral measures. "I don't think it will be in our national interest that we drive towards this cliff-edge at speed".

"This is a time for a skilled negotiation not empty threats", Foreign Secretary Hunt said.

However, he rejected past charges of untrustworthiness levelled at him by colleagues and rivals.

UK: MPs defeat motion to block no-deal Brexit