As you may have seen reported in the press, some of the Tory leadership candidates have advocated ignoring, side-lining or even proroguing (i.e. formally closing the session) Parliament in order to drive through a no deal Brexit.

My Labour colleagues and I – along with the other opposition parties – are determined to do everything we can to prevent this from happening.

This afternoon we will use our Opposition Day debate to try and prevent a no deal Brexit. If the motion is agreed, Parliament will have control of the Order Paper on June 25th, giving us the opportunity to introduce legislation to prevent the next Prime Minister from pursuing a no deal exit on October 31st.

The legislation could mandate the new Prime Minister to seek the consent of Parliament before pursuing a no deal Brexit, or to seek a further extension to Article 50 if no Withdrawal Agreement has been passed.

We are hoping to mirror the process Parliament used to prevent no deal on March 29th, which culminated in the EU (Withdrawal) Act.

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