UK lawmaker Spelman says no longer wants vote on her ‘no deal’ Brexit proposal

Caroline Spelman speaks at the Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) – British Conservative lawmaker Caroline Spelman, who had proposed a vote in parliament to rule out a no-deal Brexit in any scenario, said on Wednesday she no longer backed her own amendment.

However, speaker John Bercow said the amendment could yet be voted on if one of its other signatories chose to press ahead with it when voting starts in parliament at around 1900 GMT.

The amendment goes further than the government’s own wording, which notes that parliament does not want to leave without a deal on March 29 and that the default legal position is to leave without a deal unless one is ratified by parliament.

The government has asked Conservative lawmakers to vote against Spelman’s amendment.

(Reporting by William James, Editing by Kylie MacLellan)

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