Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Parliament Rejects Motion to Stop Future PM From Pursuing No-Deal Brexit

Parliament Rejects Motion to Stop Future PM From Pursuing No-Deal Brexit

Boris Johnson launches his campaign Wednesday to replace Theresa May as Britain's next leader, as lawmakers moved to stop him and other hardliners from delivering a "no deal" Brexit.

Labour has tabled a cross-party Commons motion aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit.

Conservative lawmakers will begin whittling down the number of candidates on Thursday, with a round of voting which will eliminate at least one of the 10 leadership hopefuls.

"I am the change candidate, Boris Johnson is yesterday's news", Javid said.

The Tory leadership hopeful said that he was anxious by the "impact" Mr Corbyn's leadership of the Labour party has had.

He insisted he was not aiming for no-deal, but said the Government had to show it was serious about leaving if it was to stand any chance of securing concessions from the EU.

Johnson, favourite for the top job almost three years since he led the official campaign to leave the European Union, praised the strength of the British economy, promised to deliver Brexit by October 31 and tackle despair across the country.

The Brexit deadline was pushed back to October after MPs rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's withdrawal agreement three times.

He said "delaying this does not stop no-deal being the ultimate default end point, what it does it put it further into the future".

"Kick the can and we kick the bucket".

However, MPs on Wednesday defeated a cross-party attempt led by the main Labour opposition to try to block a no-deal exit by seizing control of the parliamentary agenda from the Government, prompting sterling to fall to a day's low against the dollar.

Nearly three years since voting to leave the EU, Britain is no clearer on how, when or even whether Brexit will happen.

He said any delay to Brexit would "further alienate not just our natural supporters but anyone who believes that politicians should deliver on their promises".

Also on the programme - a question of gender and sex.

Asked about his cocaine consumption, Johnson repeated that he was 19 at the time at the University of Oxford, adding that a "canonical account" of the episode had appeared many times.

One of the reasons the public "feels alienated" from politicians is because "we are muffling and veiling our language", he added.

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