MPs are holding an emergency debate over whether to seize control of the Commons and try to block a no-deal Brexit.
A crucial vote around 10pm tonight will determine whether they can put forward a bill tomorrow which seeks to force an extension to Brexit if no deal is agreed.
Opening the debate, Oliver Letwin said Boris Johnsons negotiating strategy with the EU was like a person standing on one side of a canyon shouting to someone on the other side that if they do not do as he wishes he will throw himself into the abyss.
He said that would not be a credible negotiating strategy or a responsible one, as he would drag the country over the edge with him.
The UK is set to leave the EU without a deal on October 31 if a deal is not agreed next month, or if the prime minister does not go to Brussels to seek an extension.
A cross-party group of MPs including rebel Tories have put forward a bill which will force the prime minister to seek an extension to Article 50 – unless he either gets a deal and has it agreed by Parliament, or gets Parliament to agree to a No Deal exit.
Mr Letwin said it was decision time for MPs, arguing that uncertainty does create difficulties for business but a no-deal Brexit will create more difficulties for business, in my judgement.
Boris Johnson has warned Tory MPs will lose the party whip if they support the cross-party move to seize control of parliamentary business.
He is also threatening to seek an early General Election if the government is defeated this evening.
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