UK lawmakers press government for vote on Brexit-EU talks

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UK lawmakers press government for vote on Brexit-EU talks

Updated 8:34 am, Wednesday, October 12, 2016

LONDON (AP) — The British government was under pressure from lawmakers Wednesday to give Parliament a vote on the negotiating terms for the U.K.’s exit from the European Union.

The Labour Party opposition has forced a parliamentary debate on a motion calling for lawmakers “properly to scrutinize” Britain’s position, as uncertainty about what kind of deal the U.K. is seeking with the EU rattles business leaders and currency markets.

Labour Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said that Britons had voted to quit the bloc but there was no consensus on the terms.

“That question was not on the ballot paper,” Starmer said. “Where is the mandate on the terms?”

Prime Minister Theresa May says she will invoke Article 50 of the EU treaty — triggering two years of official exit talks — by March 31, but has declined to reveal details of Britain’s negotiating hand.

Opposition lawmakers — and some from May’s own Conservative Party — say Parliament should be given a role in approving Britain’s terms. They worry the government has decided to seek a “hard Brexit,” which means leaving the bloc’s single market of 500 million consumers in order to exercise more control over immigration.

Signs that Britain may be headed for a “hard Brexit” have alarmed some business leaders and contributed to a slide in the pound, which has lost almost a fifth of its value against the dollar since June 23.

The government says a vote in Parliament is not required. But in a bid to head off a Conservative revolt during Wednesday’s debate, May has promised that lawmakers will get a say, as long as it “does not undermine the negotiating position of the government.”

Starmer welcomed May’s change of position, but said it was not enough.

He said ministers had to “show ?that they actually have a coherent plan, agreed across the government, before they embark on the Article 50 process.”

Wednesday’s debate is expected to end in a vote, but it will not be binding on the government.

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Published at Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:18:06 +0000

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