Cross-party bid by MPs to stop no-deal Brexit

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A cross-party bid to stop a nodeal Brexit has been launched by a group of MPs who have laid down an amend­ment to the With­drawal Agree­ment.

Led by Labour’s Hi­lary Benn, sig­na­to­ries to the doc­u­ment also in­clude prom­i­nent Tories, show­ing how dif­fi­cult Theresa May will find it to get her plan through Par­lia­ment un­scathed.

Mr Benn said the amend­ment “op­poses the deal, re­jects a no-deal Brexit and would en­able the House to ex­press its view about what should hap­pen next if the Prime Min­is­ter’s deal is de­feated”.

Es­sen­tially it would hand power to MPs if Mrs May’s plans are re­jected by the Com­mons.

They could then in­struct her ei­ther to go back to the EU and try to ne­go­ti­ate a dif­fer­ent deal, to try to ex­tend Ar­ti­cle 50, or even to hold an­other ref­er­en­dum.

Mr Benn is the chair­man of the Brexit Se­lect Com­mit­tee.

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