- A motion in the British parliament to prevent a future parliament suspension has succeeded
- The future suspension is believed to a means to secure a no-deal Brexit
The fight against a no-deal Brexit has been a long and persistent one as it received a lot of attention during the tenure of Theresa May as she went as far as holding meetings with her political opposition in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit from taking place and even after her resignation, those within parliament have taken bold steps to make sure a no-deal Brexit does not happen due to its implications for all aspects of the British public.
On July 17, 2019, it was reported that British Parliament had formed a cross-party movement to prevent the future Prime Minister from blocking Parliament to push a no-deal Brexit and on 18 July 2019 it has been reported that the movement has succeeded.
A Victory Against No Deal Brexit
Members of parliament were able to push a vote that will prevent any parliament suspension to secure a no-deal Brexit. It has been suggested that suspending parliament will be the go-to method for the next prime minister to force the United Kingdom out of the EU without a deal and according to several analysts and experts, such a move could trigger a constitutional crisis and could cripple the British economy.
It is also very pressing as Boris Johnson, who is one of the frontrunners in the race, has stated that he will make sure the UK leaves the EU deadline of October 31, 2019, with or without a deal.
His rival, Jeremy Hunt, has also not ruled out the possibility of a no-deal Brexit and this has kept parliament on edge. However, with this small victory, it will be more difficult to deliver such a controversial decision. The vote saw 351 members of parliament voting to block possible suspension of parliament and 274 votes against them.
It was a controversial vote not just because of the subject matter but also because several high-profile members of Parliament social Chancellor Philip Hammond, Justice secretary David Gauke and International Development secretary Rory Stewart failed to show up to vote and this was noted by outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May who stated it was disappointing and would not be forgotten when the incoming prime minister is choosing their government.
While a no-deal Brexit will be difficult to deliver at this point, only time will tell if it will happen or not.