UK govt agrees under pressure to divulge Brexit plan details

UK govt agrees under pressure to divulge Brexit plan details

As the Supreme Court case that will decide whether parliament should be allowed a vote on Article 50 continues, Theresa May agreed to set out her plans succumbing to Labour Party pressure yesterday.

This motion had been expected to draw support from dozens of May's Conservative MPs but the premier fended off a rebellion with a last-minute amendment, accepting the Labour motion on condition that MPs support her timetable for triggering the Brexit talks.

The move is created to outmanoeuvre the opposition Labour party, which brought the original motion to pressure the government.

As the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned on Tuesday of the "complicated" negotiation path ahead, Theresa May said she would push for the "right deal" during talks for allowing the United Kingdom to stay in the single market.

"The court knows a motion may be approved in the House of Commons today", David Pannick, the lawyer leading the challenge to the government's position told the Surpreme Court on Wednesday.

"So it's now down to MPs to signal that they also want to get on with Brexit by supporting our position, which is the Government should invoke by the end of March next year".

Faced with a revolt, the Prime Minister allowed up to 40 rebellious Tory backbenchers to back Labour demands for her to set out Britain's negotiating strategy before triggering Brexit.

It also says that "there should be no disclosure of material that could be reasonably judged to damage the any negotiations to depart" from the bloc.

Davis also said that while Labour MPs, who nearly entirely campaigned to remain in the European Union, "pay lip service to respecting the result of the referendum", they were "trying to find new ways to thwart and delay".

May stated that the country would trigger Article 50 by the end of March 2017, thus starting withdrawal negotiations.

MPs will vote at about 7pm tonight on the amendment binding them to back the Government's Article 50 timetable.

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A technical vote formally adding the two elements together was overwhelmingly passed with a majority of 372, despite 23 Labour MPs joining other opponents in trying to derail it.

What is the point of the court ruling if the Government has already held a Commons vote on Article 50?

It was a "separate issue", a spokesman said.

Prime Minister Theresa May plans to launch European Union exit talks by the end of March using ancient powers known as royal prerogative, which enable governments to join or leave global treaties.

Sources also said by accepting Labour's amendment, the government was not agreeing to give MPs a vote before the process of leaving the European Union begins.

"This is a welcome and hugely significant climb down from the government", shadow secretary of state for exiting the EU, Keir Starmer said.

The house voted for the motion as amended, with 448 MPs in favour and 75 against.

And she told The Guardian: "I would expect at least 20 of my colleagues to vote for it. People are very concerned".

'We all want the best possible Brexit deal and for the government to keep all the options open'.

"The only reason for doing that is so the Labour Party can set the Government up to be sued later".

The smaller opposition Liberal Democrats also said they would vote against the government unless it committed to publishing its strategy in detail, including whether Britain would stay in the single market.

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