MPs call for par­lia­ment vote on ‘hard’ Brexit

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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