Coun­try should unite on Brexit plan – Bri­tish PM

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

BRI­TISH PRIME Min­is­ter Theresa May has shrugged off an ad­verse court rul­ing on her govern­ment’s plans to leave the Euro­pean Union (EU) and main­tains that Brexit will be car­ried out in full.

She used a Sun­day Tele­graph column to say her govern­ment will “get on with the job” de­spite a High Court rul­ing re­quir­ing her to seek par­lia­men­tary ap­proval be­fore trig­ger­ing the exit process. May says the govern­ment hopes to win a re­ver­sal of that de­ci­sion be­fore the Supreme Court be­cause an im­por­tant prin­ci­ple is at stake.

She says Par­lia­ment voted to put the de­ci­sion on EU mem­ber­ship “in the hands of the peo­ple” in the June 23 ref­er­en­dum, the vote was de­ci­sive in favour of leav­ing the 28na­tion bloc and that choice must be re­spected.

Brexit of­fers a “great na­tional op­por­tu­nity” to “forge a bold, con­fi­dent global fu­ture for Bri­tain,” said May, who spoke out in favour of stay­ing within the EU dur­ing the hard­fought ref­er­en­dum cam­paign.

She was trav­el­ling to In­dia on Sun­day with a del­e­ga­tion of busi­ness lead­ers to con­duct her first trade mis­sion as prime min­is­ter in or­der to em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of “the re­la­tion­ships we have with our friends and al­lies over­seas”.

PRES­SURE FROM PAR­LIA­MENT

De­spite May’s op­ti­mism, the High Court rul­ing risks de­lay­ing the Brexit process that May has pledged to for­mally be­gin by the end of March.

Some in Par­lia­ment are pres­sur­ing her to spell out Bri­tain’s ne­go­ti­at­ing po­si­tion be­fore Par­lia­ment, which she re­fuses to do.

May’s plan to in­voke Ar­ti­cle 50 to

for­mally be­gin the di­vorce from the EU be­fore April is al­most cer­tain to be op­posed in Par­lia­ment by Scot­tish Na­tional Party law­mak­ers, Scot­land’s Brexit min­is­ter said Sun­day. Un­like much of the UK, Scot­tish vot­ers ex­pressed a pref­er­ence for stay­ing in­side the EU.

Michael Rus­sell said the pro-in­de­pen­dence party with 54 mem­bers in Par­lia­ment has a strong man­date to pro­tect Scot­land’s place in the EU, which could jus­tify block­ing the govern­ment’s plans.

He said his party be­lieves that keep­ing Bri­tain in­side Europe’s sin­gle mar­ket of more than 500 mil­lion

peo­ple must be a top pri­or­ity of any Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“At the very least, mem­ber­ship of the sin­gle mar­ket must be para­mount in our po­si­tion,” he said.

UK In­de­pen­dence Party act­ing leader Nigel Farage said on Sun­day there’s a risk of un­rest if Bri­tish vot­ers feel their will is be­ing thwarted by law­mak­ers.

“Be­lieve you me, if the peo­ple in this coun­try think they’re go­ing to be cheated, they’re go­ing to be be­trayed, then we will see po­lit­i­cal anger the likes of which none of us in our life­times have ever wit­nessed,” he told BBC in­ter­viewer An­drew Marr.

AP

Bri­tain’s Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May ar­rives at the Palam air­port in New Delhi, In­dia, yes­ter­day. May trav­elled to In­dia with a del­e­ga­tion of busi­ness lead­ers to con­duct her first trade mis­sion as prime min­is­ter in or­der to em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of “the re­la­tion­ships we have with our friends and al­lies over­seas”.

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