UK MPs reject move to block no-deal Brexit

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MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit have failed in their latest attempt to seize control of parliamentary business in a bid to stop the next prime minister taking Britain out of the European Union without a deal with Brussels.

In his first broadcast interview since the campaign started, Johnson gave an unequivocal pledge that Brexit would happen by the latest Brexit deadline of October 31 and Britain had to prepare for a no-deal exit, which he said would not be a disaster.

After the result was announced, to glee from the Tory benches, Mr Corbyn was heard telling Conservative MPs: "You won't be cheering in September".

MPs opposed the motion by 309 votes to 298.

Although the defeat closes off one route for parliamentarians to try and prevent a no-deal exit, the flexibility of Britain's parliamentary system means others could be found in the weeks and months ahead.

The shadow Brexit secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, vowed the move would be the first of many such efforts.

His remarks came after shadow Commons leader Valerie Vaz raised Labour's concerns over Tory leadership candidates suggesting they could prorogue Parliament to ensure the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without an agreement on October 31.

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Labour said it would continue to fight to prevent a no-deal Brexit after the latest cross-party attempt by MPs to take control of Commons business was narrowly voted down.

All May's potential successors have said they could find the solution to the Brexit crisis which eluded her. Parliament has indicated it will try to stop a no-deal Brexit which investors warn would hurt financial markets and shock the world economy.

Leadership hopefuls Rory Stewart and Mark Harper have both said leaving without a deal is unacceptable, but chose not to support the Labour motion. The bloc refuses to enter into "mini-deals" with the help make no-deal Brexit easier.

"No-deal can not be imposed on the country or on Parliament and we will find mechanisms to make sure that doesn't happen", a senior party source said.

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

However, the vote has polarized already divided opinion, with Conservative MP and former Attorney General Dominic Greive warning that he would resign the party whip rather than see a no-deal Brexit forced through by the next PM.