What happens now as MPs reject Labour plot to block No Deal?

Esequiel Farfan
Junio 13, 2019

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

MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit have failed in their latest attempt to seize control of parliamentary business in a bid to stop the next prime minister taking Britain out of the European Union without a deal with Brussels.

Prominent Brexiteer Sir Bill Cash strongly attacked supporters of the move, who include Tory former minister Sir Oliver Letwin, plus the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Greens.

British lawmakers on Wednesday defeated an attempt led by the opposition Labour Party to try to block a no-deal Brexit by seizing control of the parliamentary agenda from the government.

Meanwhile, there was anger among Brexiteers at the latest move by MPs opposed to no-deal to seize control of Commons business from the Government.

"Any Tory leadership candidate should know that Parliament will continue to fight against no deal".

"I think maturity and a sense of duty will prevail".

"I think if we now block it, collectively as parliamentarians we will reap the whirlwind and we will face mortal retribution from the electorate".

Mr Johnson insisted that he was not aiming for no-deal, but said the Government had to show it was serious about leaving if it was to stand any chance of securing concessions for the EU.

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The MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip said he is "not aiming for a no-deal outcome", but leaving the scenario on the table was a "vital tool of negotiation" and the United Kingdom "must do better than the current withdrawal agreement".

He told a Bloomberg conference it was "not sensible" for leadership hopefuls to "box themselves into a corner on this" as Parliament "will not allow a no-deal exit".

"I think it will be very hard - in fact I think it will be impossible - to do this by October 31 and I don't think it will be in our national interest that we drive towards this cliff-edge at speed".

"It is only if we have the guts and the courage to get ready for it (no-deal) that we will carry any conviction in Brussels to get the deal that we need", he said.

But Chancellor Philip Hammond said it was "impossible" to leave by then.

"That means understanding that we can not call ourselves a "one nation" party, if there are whole swathes of this country that don't think that we share their values and their needs".

After Michael Gove's admission that he had taken cocaine in the past, Mr Johnson sidestepped a question as to whether he had also used the drug.

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

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