UK lawmakers press government for vote on Brexit-EU talks

  • UK lawmakers press government for vote on Brexit-EU talks

UK lawmakers press government for vote on Brexit-EU talks

The British currency is particularly sensitive to any suggestion that the country might be heading towards a "hard Brexit", or a clean break from the EU's single market of 500 million consumers in order to control immigration.

"We've always said that parliament has an important role to play, and the amendment reflects that", a spokeswoman for the prime minister said.

But she stopped short of allowing a formal vote on its strategy before Article 50 is invoked, as some Labour lawmakers had called for.

In the debate, the words of former business minister Anna Soubry seemed to resonate with many people on Twitter as she acknowledged that she has much in common with Labour on Brexit - controversial considering she is a Conservative MP.

Her government accepted a motion by the Labor Party to give parliament members more input in British strategy for leaving the European Union, before Article 50, the triggering mechanism for withdrawal, is used in March 2017.

The government says it has "royal prerogative" - a type of executive privilege - to negotiate Brexit without needing a legally-binding parliamentary vote. Brexit negotiation process can only begin when Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon is formally triggered by the United Kingdom.

The government faced growing pressure to give lawmakers a say on Brexit after the opposition Labour Party scheduled a parliamentary debate on Wednesday, calling for "proper scrutiny" of those plans in parliament before the formal process known as Article 50 is triggered.

In a last-minute concession on Tuesday night, Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to a "full and transparent" debate in the House of Commons on the condition this did not undermine negotiations with EU.

"The mandate on the 23rd of June was not a mandate on the terms (of a Brexit deal)".

Wednesday's debate is due to end in a vote, but it will not be binding on the government. The prime minister's most senior legal adviser, Attorney General Jeremy Wright, will attempt to convince a judge that she does have the right.

The collapse coincided with David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting Europe, answering questions on the government's Brexit strategy in Parliament.

Theresa May has signalled further doubts about Britain's future membership of the European single market.

But a source said: "There's a cross-party head of steam building on Parliament having a vote on Brexit down the track - this issue is going to run".

"The first step to uniting the country is in this place [Houses of Parliament] because we represent the people".

It was reported that David Davis, the Brexit secretary, was frustrated by a leak from the Treasury suggesting a hard Brexit could cost the United Kingdom £66bn.

"The bottom line for me is if May feels she can't secure a majority in parliament, that will be because her position is not the right one, and she, therefore, must ensure she brings a position to parliament that we would vote for", he said.