It’s deeply disappointing that the House of Commons has just voted against a Labour move which would have given MPs the opportunity on 25th June to debate and vote on measures to rule out a no deal Brexit on the 31st October.

A no deal Brexit where we crash out of the EU without a transitional period would be disastrous for Britain, leading to major disruption at the borders, job losses, and the stockpiling of food and medicine. It would be deeply damaging to our security and to our relationship with Europe, and would be devastating for Northern Ireland.

It’s incredibly worrying that candidates seeking to be the next Tory leader and PM are seriously considering a no deal Brexit, with some saying that they would prorogue Parliament to force one through. Labour is right in fully opposing a no-deal Brexit and I will continue to vote against such an outcome at every opportunity.

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