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Published: Sun, October 16, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

UK lawmakers press government for vote on Brexit talks


Going back on earlier comments, Prime Minister Theresa May made a decision to allow the House of Commons a debate on the terms under which the government will negotiate Brexit prior to the triggering of Article 50.

But asked at Prime Minister's Questions if her concession to Tory MPs would mean a Commons vote before invoking Article 50, Mrs May replied: "The idea that Parliament somehow wasn't going to be able to discuss, debate, question issues around (Brexit) was frankly completely wrong".

"The U.K. will be leaving the European Union", May, who agreed that lawmakers would be able to scrutinize Brexit terms, said Wednesday in the House of Commons.

Late on Tuesday, May moved to appease MPs in her ruling Conservative Party by allowing a motion proposed by the opposition Labour Party for a "full and transparent debate" on how the government will enact the public vote to leave the EU.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced at the Conservative Party conference that she intends to trigger Article 50 by the end of March next year.

Kathleen Brooks, research director at City Index, said: "If Parliament can debate the plans, then the Prime Minister may have to soften her approach to negotiations, which could remove some of the market fears about the negative economic impact of Brexit". May however, stated that Brexit talks must respect decision of British people and that there shouldn't be an attempt to block Brexit or undermine the negotiating position of the government.

"We are listening to the British people and delivering on that referendum result".

"Now that we've got ourselves pricing in a pretty hard-looking Brexit into market sentiment. we're going to be sensitive to anything that challenges that view that we're putting control of immigration above protecting access to the Single Market, bank passporting etc", Societe Generale macroeconomic strategist Kit Juckes said. The latest battle in the Brexit saga has pitched MPs against Britain's Prime Minister.

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

Mr Davis said their desire to blame Brexit had proved to be "entirely untrue" and claimed some companies were making their employees nervous by "guessing the worst outcomes" of Brexit.

He added: "There are principles, and on these principles, no country still remaining in the European Union will budge".

Brexit Secretary David Davis told lawmakers the government was still "putting together our negotiating strategy" and could not reveal too much.

Tusk said Thursday that the task of European negotiators "will be to protect the interests of the EU as a whole and each of the 27 member states". And, if I can put it the other way, those who are now advocating proper scrutiny and consent from this Parliament are not doing so, as the Daily Mail says today, because we want to reverse the vote.

Ministers have ruled out sharing the Government's detailed negotiating plan until the final stage.

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Describing Mrs May's amendment as a "smokescreen", the source said the Government was forced into action because it knew it could not win a vote against Labour on the issue of parliamentary scrutiny.

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