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Will Jeremy Corbyn challenge Theresa May on Brexit?

Remigio Civitarese | 20 Ottobre, 2016, 12:42

Fears that Britain would give up full access to the EU's single market pushed sterling to 31-year lows last week and led the currency to plunge 10 percent within minutes on Friday.

But the British prime minister has stopped short of promising MPs a vote on the issue, and Wednesday faces further pressure from the opposition Labour party in an initial debate.

May's spokesperson said earlier that the prime minister has always believed that Parliament had "an important role to play" in the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

May amended the proposal so that "the process should be undertaken in such a way that respects the decision of the United Kingdom when they voted to leave the EU" and the debate "should not undermine the negotiating position of the government" when negotiations start.

"The simple truth is that the attempt to block Article 50 is an attempt to block the will of the British people", he said.

It trimmed some of those gains after a spokeswoman said there would be no vote on triggering "Article 50", which will start the formal process to take Britain out of the European Union and which May has said she will invoke by the end of March.

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".

The Labour MP said: "It is welcome that the Government has conceded that there should be proper parliamentary scrutiny of their negotiating position before they trigger Article 50".

"What we are going to do is deliver on the vote of the British people... be ambitious in our negotiations and that will include maximum possible access to the European market".

Although the precise number of questions is a little gimmicky, they address some issues which business leaders also want answered - for example, whether the government has decided the United Kingdom should leave the single market and if so, if it would still abide by its regulations.

By refusing to debate her strategy, lawmakers say, Ms May is undermining Britain's centuries-old parliamentary democracy.

The Prime Minister was therefore able to insist her position has not changed, while allowing disgruntled Tories who want a vote to back the Labour motion without rebelling, by voting for a Government amendment which simply adds caveats.

Appointed Prime Minister shortly after the referendum on European Union membership to replace David Cameron who resigned, Ms.

May said MPs would have "every opportunity" to debate and scrutinise the process, but refused to promise a vote.

He was given some substantial ammunition yesterday, with a leaked Treasury document warning that the United Kingdom could lose out on £66bn ($80bn) of tax revenues per year if the government conducts a "hard Brexit". In accepting the motion, the Prime Minister said the debate would not be about the referendum results and should "not undermine the position of the government" in negotiations.

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.

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