Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

MPs may have run out of options to block no-deal Brexit

MPs may have run out of options to block no-deal Brexit

Business can have no absolute reassurance that an agreement will be reached, particularly given the commitment of some Conservative leadership candidates to leaving the European Union in October, with or without a deal.

Led by the main opposition Labour Party, a cross-party motion is calling for MPs to take control of the House of Commons on June 25 to introduce legislation to avoid a no-deal scenario on October 31, the deadline for Britain to leave the EU.

A motion seeking to prevent a no-deal Brexit under the future prime minister has been defeated in the House of Commons on Wednesday and has boosted Tory leadership contenders seeking a clean break from the EU.

Former Conservative MP Nick Boles, who flew back to the United Kingdom to vote with Labour on Wednesday, also conceded that opponents of a no-deal departure were fast running out of options, apart from a confidence vote to bring down the government.

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks outside European Union headquarters in Brussels, March 21, 2019.

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


Ten Tories, including Ken Clarke, Sir Oliver Letwin, Justine Greening and Dominic Grieve, supported the motion but eight Labour MPs voted against.

A cross-party attempt to take over control of the Commons in a bid to block a future Tory leader from suspending Parliament and forcing through a no-deal Brexit has failed in Parliament.

Ahead of the vote Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said he's nervous the incoming Prime Minister may resort to "drastic action" in order to avoid the "humiliation of the present Prime Minister" over their Brexit promises. Whoever succeedsTheresa May as Prime Minister will have to find a way out of the crisis.

In the debate preceding the vote, Starmer claimed that MPs had been forced to act due to declared intentions by Tory leadership candidates such as Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab to prorogue parliament.

The head of the Institute of Directors (IoD) said Britain risked wasting the Brexit delay granted by Brussels until October, saying many "seem to have forgotten" the need to secure a deal as soon as possible.

North West Cambridgeshire MP, Conservative Shailesh Vara, voted against the motion, as did Brexit Secretary and North East Cambridgeshire Steve Barclay, South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes and Corby MP Tom Pursglove.

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