Labour narrowly fail in bid to redirect Brexit

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 14, 2019

The efforts to avoid a no-deal Brexit come from comments made by Conservative Party candidates hoping to succeed Theresa May as prime minister that they will not delay Brexit beyond the now scheduled date of October 31.

But the government defeated the motion by 309 votes to 298 - a majority of 11. "But this is just the start, not the end of our efforts to block 'no deal, '" said Labour Party Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer.

The decision is seen as a victory for former foreign secretary Boris Johnson and some of the other nine contenders bidding to succeed Theresa May as prime minister.

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.

On a no-deal Brexit, Stride said: "I think what does unite perhaps the whole House is that a deal is better than having no-deal provided we can come together to secure that outcome". 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.

Johnson is hugely popular with grassroots supporters, but supporting no-deal is a calculated risk.

Candidates Esther McVey and Dominic Raab have both spoken of their willingness to enact a no-deal-Brexit, but Rory Stewart, an outsider whose somewhat eccentric campaigning style has proved unexpectedly popular, told the BBC: "No-deal is a bad thing. the best way of stopping no deal is to vote for a candidate who is against no deal".

In an attempt to unite remain and soft-Brexit MPs, the Labour Party proposed a motion which would set the stage for parliament to prevent a clean break Brexit by taking over the Commons timetable on the 25th of June and give MPs parliamentary time to construct legislation restricting the future government. "That's why we are taking this latest measure to end the uncertainty and protect communities across the country".

The former Attorney General said he "would not hesitate" to resign the whip to help "bring down the Government" to ensure Britain does not leave the European Union without an official agreement.

Political commentators are warning of further storm clouds ahead in Westminster.

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