MPs call for parliament vote on ‘hard’ Brexit
BRITISH MPs from all sides called for a parliamentary vote on future ties with the EU and warned a hard Brexit was a “grave danger”, but the government swiftly dismissed the demand.
“We will reject any attempt to undo the referendum result,” Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis said in parliament, amid mounting pressure from former leaders of the two main opposition parties and among his own party’s ranks.
Mr Davis said the mandate for Brexit was “clear, overwhelming and unarguable”, and warned against any attempts to “keep Britain in the European Union by the back door”, but the Conservative MP was met with heckling from opponents.
Calls for a vote came after Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was forced into an embarrassing Uturn on October 9 when it backtracked on a proposal for companies to publish lists of foreign employees that caused widespread outrage.
“We do want parliament to debate ... most notably whether we remain in the single market,” lawmaker Anna Soubry said.
Ms Soubry said there was a “grave danger” of the government drawing its own conclusions from the result of the referendum about the type of future relationship that Britons wanted with the EU.
Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said it “would not be remotely acceptable” for cabinet to decide the terms of Brexit without a parliamentary vote.
Experts say a so-called hard Brexit would mean Britain withdrawing entirely from Europe’s single market and negotiating new trade arrangements in order to impose strict immigration controls. –