UK lawmakers impede path to no-deal Brexit in parliamentary vote

UK lawmakers impede path to no-deal Brexit in parliamentary vote
In this file photo taken on March 18, 2019 A pedestrian walks past the Union (L) and EU flags of anti-Brexit activists near the Houses of Parliament in London on March 18, 2019. (AFP/File Photo)
Updated 18 July 2019

UK lawmakers impede path to no-deal Brexit in parliamentary vote

UK lawmakers impede path to no-deal Brexit in parliamentary vote
  • House of Commons passed a motion Thursday
  • Thursday's 315-274 Commons vote saw several ministers abstain

LONDON: British lawmakers have put a roadblock in the path of any attempt to take Britain out of the European Union without a divorce deal.
The House of Commons passed a motion Thursday that stops the government from suspending Parliament in the weeks before the UK's scheduled Oct. 31 departure date.
Boris Johnson, who is likely to be elected Britain's new prime minister next week, has not ruled out such a suspension if lawmakers try to block his Brexit plan. He says the country must leave the EU on schedule, even if that means quitting the bloc without a divorce deal.
Most economists say a no-deal Brexit would batter the economy, and a majority of lawmakers opposes leaving without an agreement.
Thursday's 315-274 Commons vote saw several ministers abstain rather than support the government's call to keep suspending Parliament as an option.