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May rejects call for vote as parliament debates scrutiny of Brexit

London – Theresa May, British Prime Minister, has promised to allow “proper scrutiny” of Britain’s Brexit negotiations, but rejected calls for a vote, as parliament debated its role in overseeing the government’s strategy.

May on Wednesday in London declined to say if leaving the EU single market was a “red line” in her Brexit negotiations.

She told the parliament that she aimed to retain “maximum possible access” to the single market but control the movement of EU citizens into Britain.

May stressed that she is rejecting the idea that leaving the single market means a “hard” Brexit that could be more damaging to Britain’s economy.

Theresa May
Theresa May

“We are listening to the British people and delivering on that referendum result.

May also declined to give details of her position to the parliament, insisting that she would not provide a “running commentary” on the negotiations.

Meanwhile, Tim Farron, the opposition Liberal Democrat leader said that May had already “chosen a ‘hard Brexit’ that was never on anybody’s ballot paper” in the referendum.

Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, also said: “This is a government that drew up no plans and no strategy for negotiating Brexit.

He stressed that as at now it has offered no clarity, transparency, and no chance of scrutiny of the process for developing a strategy.

Corbyn, said that Labour, the largest opposition party, has tabled a motion calling for May to allow parliament to scrutinize her Brexit plan before she triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which sets the rules for a two-year negotiating process for a nation leaving the EU.

Recalled that May has promised to trigger Article 50 by the end of March. (dpa/NAN)

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