News World UK lawmakers seek to block no-deal Brexit by stopping government funds

UK lawmakers seek to block no-deal Brexit by stopping government funds

Pro-European Union lawmakers will seek next week to block a new prime minister from taking Britain out of the European Union without a deal and against the will of parliament by trying to cut off some of the government’s funding.

Former Conservative Attorney General Dominic Grieve and former Labour Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett have tabled an amendment, or change, to routine finance legislation – dubbed estimates – that was set to be nodded through early next week.

The amendment is aimed at denying funds to certain government departments unless parliament has ratified a deal, or Withdrawal Agreement, with the EU, or lawmakers have agreed to Britain leaving without a deal.

“The suggestion that we could or should be taken out of the EU without the consent of the House of Commons is fundamentally wrong, and frankly unconstitutional,” Grieve told The Sun.

A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May said such a funding block would be “grossly irresponsible”.

“This is government spending for this financial year and funds crucial areas like schools, housing and welfare,” the spokeswoman said, adding that it was not yet clear whether the amendment would be selected for debate.

The move comes after both candidates to replace May as prime minister have said they would oversee a no-deal Brexit if forced to.

Boris Johnson has pledged to leave the EU with or without a deal on Oct. 31 if he wins. His rival Jeremy Hunt has said he would, if absolutely necessary, go for a no-deal Brexit.

(Reuters)

Top Stories

Mother of invention: the new gadgets dreamt up to fight coronavirus

Driving to work at his factory to the west of London last week, designer Steve Brooks had coronavirus on his mind. What could he...

Coronavirus decimates taxi industry in Cyprus

Taxi drivers in Cyprus see their livelihood evaporating as the holiday island is all but shut down to try to slow the spread of...

Another 212 booked for breaking stay at home decree

Another 212 people were booked for breaking the stay at home decree overnight, a police spokesman told CyBC radio on Wednesday morning. He added that...

Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world

Last update 01/04/2020 01:09 The U.S. government raced to build hundreds of makeshift hospitals to ease the strain on overwhelmed healthcare systems as the United...

Cloudy with sunny spells and local showers

Today will be cloudy with sunny spells with isolated showers or thunderstorms expected. Temperatures will reach 22 C inland and on the coast and 12...

Taste

Village olive pie

Mix the yeast with the lukewarm water and put it aside for about 12-15 minutes to settle.  Sift the flour with the salt into...

Skordalia (Garlic paste)

Rinse the potatoes and place, unpeeled, in a saucepan. Cover with water, add salt and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes until soft. Drain,...

Village salad

A must-have with every meal is a village salad. You will find it in every tavern or greek restaurant you visit in Cyprus. Make...

Courgettes with eggs

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the courgettes at a medium heat until they soften. Add salt and add the eggs....