British lawmakers reject opposition move to block no-deal Brexit

Andrew Cummings
June 14, 2019

A bid by opposition politicians to stop Prime Minister Theresa May's successor from taking Britain out of the European Union without a deal was defeated Wednesday in the House of Commons. "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".

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 awful thing. the best way of stopping no deal is to vote for a candidate who is against no deal".

"This is just the start, not the end of our efforts to block no deal".

He added: "I voted against the Labour motion today because it was an attempt to take control of the order paper on a blank check".

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

The EU has said that it's ready for the United Kingdom to leave the bloc without a deal and isn't planning any further contingency measures, suggesting that a no-deal Brexit was "very much possible".

According to a "senior Brexiteer" speaking to the paper Mr Johnson assured the European Research Group, a group of lawmakers who support a hard Brexit, that he would not explicitly rule out such a move.

However, the vote has polarized already divided opinion, with Conservative MP and former Attorney General Dominic Greive warning that he would resign the party whip rather than see a no-deal Brexit forced through by the next PM.

Addressing colleagues in the House of Commons, the former frontbencher said: "Throughout this unhappy business of Brexit, what I've certainly tried to do is try to ensure that there is a process which avoids chaos". Far from providing clarity, a WTO exit simply extends uncertainty about the future, so it is no surprise a clear majority of IoD members say no deal would harm their business.

Speaking in the Commons, Snell said ceramics firms asked him "time and time again" to back a deal so they could make preparations for the future while food manufacturers wanted him to make a decision so they could "get past stockpiling".

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