Boris Johnson has received a boost after MPs LOST their bid to block a no deal Brexit.
Mr Johnson, who is the frontrunner for the Tory leadership has promised to leave the EU on 31 October “with or without a deal”.
But the motion, which was backed by all opposition parties and some Tories, lost by 298 votes to 309.
MPs have already, previously voted to reject the prospect of crashing out without a deal. But a new vote confirming that, ahead of a new Prime Minister taking office, would have been an important symbolic victory.
Ahead of the vote, Labour warned Theresa May’s successors are engaged in an “arms race to promise the most damaging Brexit”.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the Conservative leadership contest had descended into the “disturbing, the ludicrous and the reckless” and joked it was no surprise Boris Johnson was the frontrunner.
He argued that the Opposition’s actions were to “make sure Parliament cannot be locked out”.
He told the chamber: “The motion before the House is a simple proposition, namely that on the 25th of June Parliament and not the executive shall have control of the business of the House.
“That would ensure that there’s an opportunity for this House to bring forward a further business motion to set out at that later date a schedule for the stages of a parliamentary bill related to our departure from the EU.”
But today the Opposition failed to get enough Tories to back their bid to give control of the parliamentary agenda on June 25 to MPs rather than the government to allow them to bring legislation to stop no deal.
It comes as a number of Tory leadership candidates have said they are willing to crash the UK out without a deal – even going as far as to prorogue parliament to do so.
Dominic Raab said he would be wiling to suspend Parliament in order to avoid MPs blocking no deal.
Esther McVey said it would not be her “priority” to suspend sittings in the House of Commons in the run-up to the October 31 deadline, but said she would be willing to “use all the tools at our disposal” to secure Brexit.
While former speaker of the House Andrea Leadsom insisted that the move would not stop a government determined to deliver no deal Brexit.
She said: “You can’t block no deal. You can’t put into law that you can’t leave without a deal.”
Today the government opposed the motion with Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay arguing that allowing MPs to take over the agenda of the House of Commons would be a “fundamental change”.
He said: “I speak as a minister on behalf of this Government and this Prime Minister has made her position clear in terms of where she and the Cabinet stand on the issue of prorogation.”
He added: “She doesn’t want to deal with the issue that the House is voting on, which is what is in the opposition day motion and it is to take over the order paper, a fundamental change.
“Those on the opposite benches who look to be in government in the future will need to reflect on this as it is a fundamental change to the way this House operates without consultation with the Procedure Committee.”
Responding to the defeat of Labour’s motion Sir Keir Starmer said: “This is a disappointing, narrow defeat.
“But this is just the start, not the end of our efforts to block no deal. Labour stands ready to use whatever mechanism it can to protect jobs, the economy and communities from the disastrous consequences of a no deal Brexit.
“Any Tory leadership candidate should know that Parliament will continue to fight against no deal.”