May rejects calls for vote as parliament debates scrutiny of Brexit

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May rejects calls for vote as parliament debates scrutiny of Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May promised to allow “proper scrutiny” of Britain’s Brexit negotiations but rejected calls for a vote as parliament debated its role in overseeing the government’s strategy on Wednesday. 

Answering prime minister’s questions before the debate, May declined to say if leaving the EU single market was a “red line” in her Brexit negotiations.

She told parliament she aimed to retain “maximum possible access” to the single market but control the movement of EU citizens into Britain.

Opposition Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said May had already “chosen a ‘hard Brexit’ that was never on anybody’s ballot paper” in the referendum.

May has rejected the idea that leaving the single market means a “hard” Brexit that could be more damaging to Britain’s economy.

“We are listening to the British people and delivering on that [referendum] result,” she said.

But May declined to give details of her position, insisting she will not provide a “running commentary” on the negotiations.

“This is a government that drew up no plans for Brexit, that now has no strategy for negotiating Brexit, and offers no clarity, no transparency, and no chance of scrutiny of the process for developing a strategy,” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said.

Labour, the largest opposition party, tabled a motion calling for May to allow parliament to scrutinize her Brexit plan before she triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which sets the rules for a two-year negotiating process for a nation leaving the EU.

May has said she will trigger Article 50 by the end of March.

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Published at Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:24:31 +0000

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