Labour leads cross-party vote to prevent no deal
· Labour tables cross-party motion that would hand control of the parliamentary agenda to MPs on Tuesday 25 June 2019
· 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
· It would prevent a future Prime Minister proroguing Parliament to force through a no deal Brexit against the wishes of MPs
· The intervention comes as several contenders for the Tory leadership have vowed to force through a no deal Brexit against the will of Parliament
Labour and a cross-party alliance will tomorrow (Wednesday 12 June 2019) force a Commons vote to allow MPs to seize control of the parliamentary agenda and introduce legislation to prevent the next Tory Prime Minister pursuing a no deal Brexit later this year.
The motion will allow MPs to take control of the House of Commons agenda on Tuesday 25 June. MPs will then have the chance to introduce legislation that could help avoid the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal.
The motion will use the same procedure that was used earlier this year to block a no deal Brexit in March. Unlike typical opposition day debates, the motion, if passed, will be binding.
The intervention comes as a no deal Brexit has become the key dividing line in the Tory leadership contest.
Several of the leading candidates have advocated a no deal Brexit on 31 October. However, senior Cabinet ministers – including the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and the Work and Pensions Secretary – have opposed a no deal being implemented without the consent of Parliament.
Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, said:
“The debate on Brexit in the Tory leadership contest has descended into the disturbing, the ludicrous and the reckless.
“None of the likely candidates for the top job has a credible plan for how to break the deadlock before the end of October. Instead, we have witnessed candidates openly advocating a damaging no deal Brexit and even proposing dragging the Queen into politics by asking her to shut down Parliament to achieve this.
“MPs cannot be bystanders while the next Tory Prime Minister tries to crash the UK out of the European Union without a deal and without the consent of the British people. That’s why we are taking this latest measure to end the uncertainty and protect communities across the country.
“My challenge to MPs who disagree either with a no deal Brexit or proroguing Parliament is to back this motion and act in the national interest.”