MPs reject bid to block UK from leaving EU without a deal
MP’s on Wednesday voted 309 to 298 against a plan to take control of Parliament’s timetable, which could have allowed the house to prevent a NO-BREXIT Deal.
The deal would have forced the next Prime Minister from forcing a no-deal for the UK as it plans to quit the European Union in October.
The motion was tabled by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and was supported by various MPs from across the divide, including Conservative MP and former minister Oliver Letwin.
"If the next prime minister is foolish enough to try and pursue a no-deal Brexit, without gaining the consent of this house, or to prorogue Parliament to force a no-deal, then parliament will have the means to prevent that," Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer told MPs.
"It will be a reminder to all Conservative leadership candidates that this house will take every step necessary to prevent a no deal."
If the motion had been passed, it would have given opponents of a no-deal Brexit the chance to table legislation to thwart the UK leaving without a deal.
The vote came just a few hours after PM candidate Boris Johnson pledged to take the UK out of the EU on October 31 with or without a deal.
"After three years and two missed deadlines, we must leave the EU on October 31," Boris Johnson said at a speech in London.
"Delay means defeat. Delay means Corbyn. Kick the can and we kick the bucket."