August 28, 2019 / 4:40 PM / 25 days ago

Former finance minister Hammond says move to block no-deal Brexit will have to be next week

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers who want to stop a possible no-deal Brexit will have to take action next week, former finance minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to suspend parliament from late September.

Hammond said that many lawmakers opposed to a no-deal Brexit had wanted to wait until later in September to see whether Johnson would be successful in his bid to negotiate a new Brexit deal before taking action.

“A number of my colleagues would have preferred to wait ... and move in late September. That will now not be possible,” he told reporters. “We will have to try to do something when parliament returns next week.”

Reporting by Andy Bruce, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison

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