Yvette Cooper move to block no deal passes by 7 votes

Tory MP Nicky Morgan and Labour's Yvette Cooper have tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill which would limit the government's spending powers in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a deal.

MPs have fired a warning shot across the Government's bows as they backed an amendment meant to limit ministers' tax raising powers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

European Union leaders have refused to alter the Brexit deal to help May, leaving her able to promise only a "greater role for Parliament as we take this negotiation further".

The Labour leader said ministers were "fooling nobody" with preparations for no-deal, and said Mrs May would not be allowed to run down the clock to secure support for her Brexit deal.

"We are leaving the EU on the 29th of March this year, because that's what Article 50 says, that's what Parliament voted for, and that's now what domestic British legislation says as well", Britain's minister of state for exiting the EU, Martin Callanan, told reporters in Brussels.

In parliament, the Business Secretary Greg Clark said it should "not be contemplated", and Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd told this morning's cabinet that it would make the country "less safe". "The government is attempting to force parliament to panic by refusing to take no deal off the table".

MPs will vote on 15 January on whether to accept the legally-binding terms of withdrawal negotiated by Mrs May, as well as a framework of future relations with the EU.

These assurances are set to be delivered to lawmakers before they vote, although not before they start their debate on Wednesday.

Britain is due to quit the body in March, but the UK Prime Minister's deal with Brussels needs to be passed by the UK Parliament.

It comes as a major exercise involving more than 100 lorries is being carried out in Kent to test out how to manage traffic queues near the Channel ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Government sources warned over the weekend of "paralysis" and an effective "shutdown" if the Treasury was stripped of the power to pass regulations relating to "no-deal financial provisions" without parliamentary approval.

One of her predecessors as Tory leader, Iain Duncan Smith, wrote in the Mail newspaper on Sunday that "this deal simply doesn't work, and, far from securing Brexit, it shackles us to the European Union".

Speaking to Matt Stadlen, the Tory MP said that the Prime Minister's Brexit deal is the right option because the "British people are pragmatic". "I don't think anybody can say exactly what will happen in terms of the reaction that we'll see in Parliament".

Ms Cooper said the amendment "gives us the chance to rule out the worst outcome".

The number indicates an all-time low in support for the deal.

"If we as a new, incoming Labour government were to go to Europe without those red lines we know that we could get a different, better deal and that's what we want to try and achieve".

Many Conservative MPs continue to believe the deal does not represent the Brexit the country voted for, and some are actively calling for Britain to leave with no deal.

Congestion at the Channel ports caused by the reintroduction of customs checks on goods has been one of the most commonly cited negative effects of a no-deal withdrawal from the European Union at the end of March.

Effectively this constrains the government's ability to act to keep its taxation system working smoothly if it pursues a no-deal Brexit against the wishes of a majority in parliament.

  • Essie Rivera