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Labour’s bid to block no deal is an audacious move against a new PM

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All eyes are on the Tory leadership contest today as Boris Johnson finally launches his campaign – but behind the scenes MPs are preparing for an even bigger showdown: the one between the next prime minister and parliament.

Labour has today tabled a cross-party motion that would allow MPs to block no deal, an option several leadership candidates want to keep on the table. It aims to do this by seizing control of the parliamentary agenda on 25 June – an unprecedented move that Nikki da Costa, previously Downing Street’s head of legislative matters, has called “extraordinary”. The plan is a mark of the desperation of MPs who wish to prevent Britain leaving the EU without a deal – it may be their last chance for control over the matter.

How might it work? No deal is currently the default if Britain has not made a deal with the EU by 31 October, and blocking it will involve legislative changes. One plan, drafted by Tory MP Dominic Grieve, would........

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