Opposition effort to block no-deal Brexit narrowly defeated

Daniel Fowler
June 14, 2019

Campaigners for a second Brexit referendum are planning another mass protest in London ahead of the date on which Britain is due to leave the European Union in October as the leading candidates to be the next prime minister say they will leave without a trade deal.

British lawmakers on Wednesday (June 12) 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.

Edwin Morgan, interim director general of the IoD, highlighted the willingness of several contenders to be the next Conservative leader and United Kingdom prime minister to leave the European Union without a deal.

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

"But this is just the start, not the end of our efforts to block no-deal". The motion was rejected by 309 MPs to 298.

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

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Jeremy Corbyn was backed by the Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party (SNP), the Green Party, Plaid Cymru and Tory MP Sir Oliver Letwin in the plan.

Labour sources admitted that there was concern that Tories who may be inclined to back the motion would instead remain loyal to the party line until a new leader had been chosen.

Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson said that he was "not aiming for a no deal" but that MPs would "reap the whirlwind" if they tried to thwart Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

Businesses can not afford to put their faith in politicians to produce a Brexit resolution, and should be considering all reasonable preparations for no deal, the Institute of Directors said today. The leading contender is Boris Johnson.

The motion, however, did not set out the details of any such legislation nor would it prevent the government from introducing a Brexit deal to parliament.

Fear within the ranks of the Conservative Party has only been exasperated following the Peterborough by election last week, where a split vote between Nigel Farage's Brexit Party and the Conservatives saw a Labour victory in the leave stronghold.

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