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UK lawmakers reject opposition bid to seize parliamentary time

Nine of the 10 contenders in the Conservative Party leadership contest  Boris Johson Andrea Leadsom Michael Gove Esther McVey Jeremy Hunt  Rory Stewart Sajid Javid Matt Hancock and Dominic Raab

Because the Conservatives are the UK's governing party, the victor of the race automatically becomes prime minister - and steps into a paralyzing Brexit impasse which Theresa May has tried and failed to break.

Chancellor Philip Hammond - who is not running for leader - said it was "impossible" to leave the European Union by 31 October and it was "not sensible" for leadership hopefuls to "box themselves into a corner on this" as Parliament "will not allow a no-deal exit".

He insisted he was not aiming for no-deal, but said the Government had to show it was serious about leaving if it was to stand any chance of securing concessions from the EU.

Since Theresa May stepped down as the UK Prime Minister after failing to deliver a favourable Brexit deal, the race to deliver a new deal has gotten tougher.

The procedure is the same as one used by opposition MPs to block a no deal Brexit before the 29 March deadline.

"If we're trying to connect with the next generation and move forward as a country then I think it's time for the next generation with a bold new agenda", the Home Secretary said.

Brexiteers such as Dominic Raab and Esther McVey have said the priority must be honouring the 2016 referendum result and the United Kingdom should be prepared to accept no deal.

Suggestions of leaving the bloc without an agreement in place has led to opposition politicians voting on a motion to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

He warned that failure would see the ruling Conservatives lose at the next election to leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party.

In a room full of Conservatives loyal to his campaign who groaned when journalists brought up lists of past indiscretions, including a report he had taken cocaine, Mr Johnson repeatedly sidestepped questions, using his trademark colourful metaphors and language to change the subject.

Now the frontrunner for Theresa May's job as far as the bookies are concerned, Mr Johnson was full of optimism and swept promises about assembling a "team of stars" and focus on "social justice" as he launched his leadership campaign on Wednesday morning.

"But this is just the start, not the end of our efforts to block 'no deal, '" said Labour Party Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer.

As the result was announced, Tory MPs cheered on the benches.

May has delayed Brexit twice - most recently to October 31 - as she tried and failed to get her divorce deal through parliament.

Referring to his record as mayor of London, he said: "I do what I promise to do as a politician".

A party source said: "It provides the first step in the process that can help provide a legislative lock against no-deal on October 31". "Kick the can and we kick the bucket", he said.