March 11, 2019 / 11:17 AM / 16 days ago

British MPs will force votes on no-deal and Brexit delay, Cooper says

British Labour Party politicians Hilary Benn and Yvette Cooper talk to the media as they leave Cabinet office, in London, Britain, January 17, 2019 REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - British members of parliament will try to force parliamentary votes on no-deal Brexit and delaying the exit if Prime Minister Theresa May’s government decides not to hold such votes, Labour Party MP Yvette Cooper said on Monday.

“In terms of what would happen if the prime minister did pull the votes on no deal and Article 50 later on in the week, then I think we would be looking to put alternative amendments for motions down in order to make sure that those votes can happen,” Cooper said.

“We can’t just allow us to just sort of drift towards the cliff edge without parliament putting back in place that safeguard if the government does unexpectedly remove it,” she said.

Reporting by William James; writing by Guy Faulconbridge. Editing by Andrew MacAskill

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