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MPs set to vote on Brexit timetable

7th Dec 16 9:18 am

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MPs will get the chance to vote for the first time on the government’s plans to trigger Brexit by the end of March next year.

To avoid any possible Tory rebellion and defeat in the commons, prime minister Theresa May agreed on Tuesday to publish her plan for leaving the EU.

The government is hoping that this new move will help MPs support its schedule for starting the process of leaving.

Labour have said they will back the timetable but wanted scrutiny of any Brexit plans.

The shadow Brexit secretary for Labour, Keir Starmer put forward a motion to be discussed on Wednesday, Starmer had support from some on the Conservative back benches.

The party would like to see the government reveal its negotiating stance before formal talks begin with EU leaders.

Starmer is set to lead the debate for Labour, he called the amendment “a welcome and hugely significant climbdown from the government”. He also said the party would push for Brexit plans to be published in January.

Government sources have not confirmed any specific form of document on any timetable to fit with the commitment of publishing a Brexit plan, apart from saying that it would be before Article 50 is triggered.

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