September 2, 2019 / 7:17 AM / a year ago

Government says will take time to look at no-deal Brexit legislation if passed

Britain's Education Secretary Gavin Williamson speaks to the media next to the Houses of the Parliament in London, Britain, September 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will take time to look at any legislation passed to block a no-deal Brexit, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said on Monday when asked whether ministers could ignore such a move.

Opposition lawmakers and some rebels in the ruling Conservative Party are seeking to change the law to force the government to delay its departure from the European Union, to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Asked about comments on Sunday from Michael Gove, the minister in charge of no-deal Brexit planning, who refused to say whether the government would abide by legislation designed to stop a no-deal Brexit, Williamson said:

“It’s quite normal for government to take the time to look at the legislation and see how it impacts in terms of the negotiations.

“Every government adheres to the law.”

Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Kate Holton

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