MPs defeat motion seeking to block no-deal Brexit

Result is boost for would-be Tory leaders hoping to force UK’s exit from EU by 31 October

Conservative leadership candidates including Boris Johnson hoping to force through a “deal or no deal” Brexit in October have been handed a boost after MPs defeated a Labour-led attempt to begin legislation to stop the UK leaving the EU without an agreement.

MPs seeking to take steps to prevent a no-deal departure lost a vote in the House of Commons by 309 votes to 298 on Wednesday.

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