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Brexit: Labour launches cross-party motion to block no deal

Brexit: Labour launches cross-party motion to block no deal

Starmer said MPs were forced to act because of suggestions from leadership candidates including Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab that the United Kingdom will leave - come what may - on 31 October, with Raab even suggesting he would be prepared to prorogue parliament to stop MPs efforts to thwart no deal.

The move comes after a number of high-profile contenders for the Tory leadership said they would be prepared to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union without a deal if no new agreement had been reached by October 31.

Boris Johnson has warned any further delay to Brexit will spell disaster for the Conservatives ahead of the launch of his leadership campaign.

For Labour, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the move would have enabled MPs to prevent the next prime minister leaving without a 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".

The Commons votes today on a simple motion that, if passed, will seize control of the parliamentary agenda from the government for a single day.

Gareth Snell said he should have backed the agreement when it was put before the Commons for a third time, adding he would support a deal in future.

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"That's why we are taking this latest measure to end the uncertainty and protect communities across the country".

"We will simply not get a result if we give the impression that we want to go on kicking the can down the road and yet more delay", Johnson said.

He acknowledged that his use of language - such as his description of Muslim women who wore the burka as letter boxes - sometimes resulted in "some plaster coming off the ceiling".

A party source said: "It provides the first step in the process that can help provide a legislative lock against no-deal on October 31".

The procedure is the same as one used by opposition MPs to block a no deal Brexit before the 29 March deadline.

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

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.