September 3, 2019 / 6:55 PM / 18 days ago

Rees-Mogg says bid to block no-deal Brexit is constitutionally irregular

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg talks to the media as he leaves media studios in London, Britain August 29, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - A bid by British lawmakers to take control of parliamentary time to try to stop Britain leaving the European Union without a deal is constitutionally irregular, leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg said on Tuesday.

“What is proposed today is constitutionally irregular,” Rees-Mogg said in a debate on the motion to make parliamentary time for a bid to avoid a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31.

“This motion risks subverting parliament’s proper role in scrutinising the executive.”

Reporting by William James, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Kate Holton

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