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Are MPs close to ruling out a No Deal Brexit?

Two groups of cross-party MPs have tabled legislation aimed at preventing a No Deal Brexit – but can they actually achieve this goal? Open Europe’s Anthony Egan and Dominic Walsh take a look.

Earlier this week, two notable pieces of legislation were tabled by MPs looking to ‘rule out’ No Deal. First, there is the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 3) Bill proposed by Labour MP Yvette Cooper, which is supported by a cross-party group of MPs including Nick Boles, Hilary Benn and Sir Oliver Letwin. This Bill would obligate the Government to table an amendable motion seeking a nine-month extension of Article 50 until 31 December, if a deal is not passed by the 26 February. An amendment tabled by Cooper gives time to debate this Bill. The Bill’s chances of passing were given a boost last night when the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, indicated that the Labour frontbench would be inclined to support it in Parliament.

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