Monday, 16 September, 2019

Parliament's Latest Attempt to Block No-Deal Brexit Fails at First Hurdle

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Deanna Wagner | 13 June, 2019, 07:46

"Any Tory (Conservative) leadership candidate should know that parliament will continue to fight against no deal".

In a room full of Conservatives loyal to his campaign who groaned when journalists brought up lists of past indiscretions, including a report he had taken cocaine, Johnson repeatedly sidestepped questions, using his trademark colourful metaphors and language to change the subject.

Labour said if the motion passes: "MPs will have the chance to introduce measures, including legislation, that could help avoid a no-deal Brexit at the end of October".

"I think there will be a symmetrical enthusiasm on the other side of the Channel about getting this thing done and moving forward", Johnson said airily.

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

Johnson's event, attended by a whole host of Conservative MPs backing his campaign to be leader, had to plough on with much of his speech whilst a pro-EU protester could be heard shouting: "Bollocks to Boris".

His warning came as MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit prepared to launch a fresh cross-party attempt to take control of the Commons agenda to prevent Britain leaving the European Union in the autumn without a deal in place.

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However he rejected past charges of untrustworthiness levelled at him by colleagues and rivals.

Labour said that if passed, the motion, though binding, would not in itself legislate to prevent a no-deal.

He said any delay to Brexit would "further alienate not just our natural supporters but anyone who believes that politicians should deliver on their promises".

As the result was announced Tory MPs cheered on the benches.

Conservative opponents of no-deal and leadership candidates, Matt Hancock and Rory Stewart, revealed that they would vote against the motion.

Grieve, who sided with the opposition in the vote, told MPs: "And I simply have to say here and now I will not hesitate to do that if that is what is attempted, even if it means my resigning the whip and leaving the party".

Dominic Raab, the former Brexit secretary, and Esther McVey, the ex-work and pensions secretary, have refused to rule out suspending parliament to prevent MPs from voting down a no-deal Brexit in September.