MPs reject Labour-led plan to take control and block no deal

Lawrence Kim
June 13, 2019

Eight Labour MPs ignored party orders to support efforts to stop a no-deal, with more abstaining on the party's motion.

The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has urged MPs to back cross-party efforts to give parliament time to block no deal, calling it a "safety valve" so MPs can begin legislation to stop a new prime minister suspending parliament.

Boris Johnson has launched his bid for the Tory crown with a warning to MPs that they will face "mortal retribution" from the electorate if they try to stop Brexit.

She said on Tuesday: "You can't block no deal".

It was defeated by 309 votes to 298, majority 11, despite 10 Conservative MPs rebelling to support it.

"He has been around in politics for a while, he has achieved a lot, he has still got a big role to play, but I think if we are trying to connect with the next generation and move forward as a country, then I think it is time for the next generation with a bold new agenda". "I think it will be very hard for friends in Parliament to obstruct the will of the people and simply to block Brexit", Mr Johnson said.

Mr Johnson insisted he wanted a "sensible, orderly" departure from the European Union but said the country had to be ready for a no-deal Brexit if it was to get the terms it needed from Brussels.

And he has said he would be prepared to keep no deal on the table in any future negotiations.

He warned failure that to honour the referendum vote risked handing power to Jeremy Corbyn and Labour at the next general election.

"It will introduce a safety valve in the Brexit process and it will be a reminder to all Conservative leadership candidates that this house will take every step necessary to prevent a no deal".

Mr Johnson said: "We can not ignore the morass at Westminster where parties have entered a yellow box junction, unable to move forward or back, while around the country there is a mood of disillusion, even despair, at our ability to get things done".

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.

Tory MPs who have said they will back the plan include Antoinette Sandbach, Dominic Grieve, Sam Gyimah, Jonathan Djanogly and the ex-Conservative Nick Boles, who has flown back to the United Kingdom specifically to vote on the motion.

Government sources said the motion would set an "uncomfortable and troubling precedent" and were clear that Tory MPs would be whipped to vote against it.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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