'Labour will on Wednesday launch the first step in an audacious cross-party parliamentary bid to block a new prime minister forcing a no-deal Brexit, backed by the former Conservative minister Oliver Letwin and the SNP, Liberal Democrats and Greens.
Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a cross-party motion that, if passed, would give MPs control of the parliamentary agenda on 25 June, which they could then potentially use to begin legislation to prevent leaving the EU without a deal.
Labour will use its opposition day debate on Wednesday to attempt to pass the motion – which will need to secure the support of Conservative MPs. Unlike typical opposition day debates, the motion, if passed, will be binding.
Several Tory leadership candidates, including Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom, Dominic Raab and Esther McVey, have vowed they will take the UK out of the EU on 31 October, regardless of whether a deal is in place.
Raab has also refused to rule out the option of proroguing parliament in order to force through no deal – something other candidates have said they would not countenance.
Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, said the debate over no deal in the Tory leadership contest had “descended into the disturbing, the ludicrous and the reckless” and had forced MPs to act.
Letwin, who has backed Michael Gove in the Tory leadership contest, is likely to face criticism from party colleagues for supporting the move.'
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