MPs vote in favour of amendment to prevent PM forcing through a no-deal Brexit

Today, Heidi Allen and 314 MPs voted in favour of an amendment which prevents the new Prime Minister from suspending parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.

A majority of 315 to 274 backed an amendment to the Northern Ireland (executive formation) bill. The amendment forces the government to hold debates in parliament during the run up to October 31st, effectively ensuring the house will be sitting.

The amendment requires the government to publish reports every fortnight, during autumn, on the progress of the situation in Northern Ireland. MPs will then be recalled to parliament to debate the published reports, and vote on any tabled motions.

Although the amendment does not take no-deal Brexit off the table, it blocks any attempt of the Prime Minister to suspend parliament in order to push a no-deal through.