United Kingdom must pay bill even in ‘no deal’ Brexit, warns EU

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The former minister, who has been behind a series of failed cross-party moves to block a no-deal departure, said he could not think of any further parliamentary opportunity to intervene before Britain is due to leave on October 31.

(Although some of the Labour Leavers' preferences for a deal rely on the belief, shared by many Tory Brexiteers, that a backstop-free one is possible to negotiate.) Why, then, did so many not seize the opportunity to give parliament some control over the Brexit process in what might have been the flawless moment, when there is barely a functioning government?

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

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

If passed the motion would have would allowed MPs to take control of the House of Commons agenda - which is normally in the hands of the Government - on Tuesday, June 25.

He said Labour would continue to work to find parliamentary mechanisms to ensure whoever succeeds Theresa May could not simply leave with no-deal in the autumn.

Keir Starmer MP, Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary, said: "This is a disappointing, narrow defeat". The EU no-deal preparations are mainly unilateral measures.

It was submitted after Tory leadership candidates, including frontrunner and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, made suggestions that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on October 31 with or without a deal.

"It is only if we have the guts and the courage to get ready for it (no-deal) that we will carry any conviction in Brussels to get the deal that we need", he said.

Sajid Javid, the last of the 10 candidates to launch his campaign ahead of Thursday's first round of voting, dismissed Mr Johnson as "yesterday's news", saying the party needed to show it had changed. Business Secretary Greg Clark has warned it would be "political suicide" for the party, and given his backing to Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, saying he "has a clear understanding of how important it is to have a deal and to pursue the trading relationship with the European Union that I believe is vital".

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