The Latest Former UK leader Blair says put country first

LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s plan to leave the European Union (all times local):11:05 a.m.Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned that politicians face a critical juncture in history as they prepare to consider legislation meant to prevent the country from leaving the European Union without a deal.Speaking at the Institute for Government on Monday, Blair appealed to lawmakers to recognize that in modern British history, “there’s never been a more important moment for politicians to put country before tribe and national interest before self-interest.”Blair’s comments come as the House of Commons prepares to return from summer recess Tuesday and lawmakers are expected to try to pass a bill to block a no-deal Brexit, either by requesting an extension from the EU or some other means.Time is short before the Oct. 31 withdrawal deadline.___10 a.m.British Prime Minster Boris Johnson is getting tough with members of his Conservative Party who oppose his Brexit plans.The so-called “rebels” are being warned that they will be suspended from the party if they take part in efforts led by opposition parties in Parliament meant to block a departure from the European Union without a deal.Lawmakers are returning from their summer recess this week for a brief session that promises to be a dramatic week in British politics.They are pledging to challenge Johnson’s policy that the U.K. will leave the EU on Oct. 31, even if there is no deal. Without such a deal, Britain faces a chaotic Brexit that economists warn would disrupt trade by imposing tariffs and customs checks between Britain and the bloc.The Associated Press

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