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Stopping no-deal: can parliament fortify the legal position? 


MPs have gained valuable time to constrain a defiant prime minister—but where should they concentrate efforts?

By Steve Peers  

Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Archive/PA Images

We know, due to the so-called Benn Act passed last month, that a majority in parliament is opposed to leaving the EU without a deal on 31st October. But the government position is that it will not implement the central obligation of the Act—to request an extension of EU membership (if parliament has not agreed to a withdrawal agreement, or accepted a no-deal outcome) by 19th October.

However, thanks to last week’s Supreme Court judgment ruling that the government’s prorogation was…

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