MPs Reject Labour Attempt To Block No-Deal Brexit

Lloyd Doyle
June 14, 2019

The new MP for Peterborough Lisa Forbes voted to try and block a no deal Brexit in the House of Commons today (Wednesday).

He also launched a scathing attack on British politicians saying that they had vastly underplayed the risks of leaving the European Union without a deal through misleading language.

(Although some of the Labour Leavers' preferences for a deal rely on the belief, shared by many Tory Brexiteers, that a backstop-free one is possible to negotiate.) Why, then, did so many not seize the opportunity to give parliament some control over the Brexit process in what might have been the ideal moment, when there is barely a functioning government?

"If the next prime minister is foolish enough to try to pursue a no-deal Brexit without gaining the consent of this house, or to try to prorogue parliament in order to force through no deal, then parliament will have the means to prevent that", Starmer urged MPs in the parliament.

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.

"There will be other procedural mechanisms we can use", shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said.


Labour used an opposition day to table a controversial business motion that sought to "put power back in the hands of Parliament" and pave the way for another vote in June that, if passed, would block a no deal.

"I do not think we will end up with any such thing, but it is only responsible to prepare vigorously and seriously for no deal". "I would not be able to serve in a government which had as its policy leaving the European Union without a deal", he said.

Some MPs fear that a no-deal Brexit could cause some serious economic and political damage to the UK. On this poll Boris Johnson is only one of the candidates that give the Tory's a majority (140 seats) at the next election alongside a substantial 14% lead.

He warned that failure to deliver on the referendum result would create an "existential threat" for both Labour and the Conservatives. Hinting at a potential electoral wipeout and the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister.

Sajid Javid, the last of the 10 candidates to launch his campaign ahead of Thursday's first round of voting, dismissed Mr Johnson as "yesterday's news", saying the party needed to show it had changed.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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