WORLD UK lawmakers approve measure to block Parliament shutdown

WORLD

UK lawmakers approve measure to block Parliament shutdown

Xinhua

21:06, July 18, 2019

LONDON, July 18 (Xinhua) -- British MPs on Thursday voted for a measure that could block efforts by the next prime minister to force through a no-deal Brexit by suspending the parliament, amid concerns that a hard Brexit could plunge the British economy into recession. 

The lawmakers voted by a majority of 41 to approve the amendment. 

The move came as the Tory leadership forerunner Boris Johnson failed to rule out suspending the parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit that he openly supported. 

Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union by Oct. 31.

MPs have voted against a no-deal Brexit, but the prime minister could try to get around that by suspending Parliament in the run-up to the deadline, denying them an opportunity to block it.

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