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10th July 2019, 17:12

MPs narrowly pass proposal aiming to help prevent suspension of Parliament for no-deal Brexit

A proposal that would complicate any attempt to bypass Parliament over Brexit has been passed by MPs - by just one vote.

Meanwhile, former Conservative Prime Minister, Sir John Major, has said he would go to court to try to prevent a suspension of Parliament.

The proposal, by Conservative rebel and former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, requires fortnightly parliamentary updates on the Northern Ireland situation.

It was passed in the House of Commons by the narrowest of margins.

This makes it harder for any future Prime Minister to suspend Parliament in order to run down the clock and allow a no-deal Brexit to go ahead.

In Tuesday night's ITV Tory leadership debate, favourite, Boris Johnson, refused to rule out proroguing Parliament.

Speaking on the BBC, former Prime Minister, Sir John Major, said the idea of bypassing Parliament was "utterly and totally unacceptable from any British parliamentarian or democrat".

He said he believed there would be a queue of people who would seek a judicial review, himself among them.