Theresa May promises White Paper on EU exit plan


The PM said she recognised there was an “appetite” for a White Paper setting out her “bold plan”.A number of Conservative MPs had joined Labour in asking for such a move. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn demanded to know when the paper would be published and said the PM was threatened to turn the UK into a “bargain basement” economy.

It comes after the Supreme Court ruled MPs must vote on whether the government can start Brexit. A parliamentary bill paving the way for talks with the EU could be introduced as early as Thursday.More than half a dozen Conservative MPs including some ex-ministers had called for a White Paper – a government policy document which sets out proposals for future acts of Parliament – on Brexit to be published in the coming days.

The BBC understands they discussed this with Conservative Party whips on Tuesday. Labour is warning it is prepared to engage in “hand-to-hand combat” in Parliament to ensure the process of leaving the EU is fully scrutinised. The party says it will not vote against a parliamentary bill invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – getting talks with the EU under way – but will try to amend it.

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the government could only invoke Article 50 with a vote in Parliament – rejecting ministers’ argument that this was not necessary.BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said she expected a short bill to be published on Thursday, with a view to it being debated for the first time next week.

Mrs May wants to invoke Article 50 by the end of March.

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