FILE PHOTO: Conservative MP Dominic Grieve walks past an anti-Brexit protester outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
LONDON (Reuters) – A group of pro-European Union lawmakers failed on Monday in their latest bid to prevent Britain leaving the bloc without an exit deal, after parliaments speaker did not choose their proposal to be put to a vote.
Both candidates to replace Theresa May as prime minister have said they would oversee a no-deal Brexit if forced to.
Boris Johnson has pledged to leave the EU with or without a deal on Oct. 31 if he wins while his rival Jeremy Hunt has said he would, if absolutely necessary, go for a no-deal Brexit.
Former Conservative Attorney General Dominic Grieve and former Labour Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett had tabled an amendment to routine finance legislation, dubbed estimates, aimed at cutting off some of the governments funding if Mays successor pursued a no-deal Brexit against parliaments will.
If selected, the proposal was expected to be voted on by lawmakers on Tuesday, but at the start of the estimates debate on Monday, the opposition Labour Party said on Twitter that speaker John Bercow had not selected any amendments.
The amendment had sought to deny funds to certain government departments unless parliament has ratified a deal, or Withdrawal Agreement, with the EU, or lawmakers have agreed to Britain leaving without a deal.
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