Defiant UK lawmakers move to block ‘no-deal’ Brexit

World News

September 4, 2019 - 10:30 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Parliament was attempting to defy Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans today as lawmakers sought a way out of the impasse that has gripped the nation since the 2016 vote to leave the European Union.

The House of Commons was set to confront Johnson over his insistence that the U.K. leave the EU on Oct. 31 even without a withdrawal agreement to cushion the economic blow. Opposition lawmakers, supported by rebels in Johnson’s Conservative Party, planned to fast-track a law that would block a no-deal departure, amid cries from lawmakers that it would cause irreparable harm.

“To deliver Brexit like this is to create a poison pill which for 40 years will divide this country straight down the middle,” former Conservative Party leadership candidate Rory Stewart told the BBC. “If you are going to deliver Brexit at all, try to do it legally, constitutionally and with consent.”

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