Government compromise on Brexit process in Parliament?

Today, 7 December, the Commons debates “The Government’s plan for Brexit“ on a motion by the Official Opposition, as follows:

“That this House recognises that leaving the EU is the defining issue facing the UK; notes the resolution on parliamentary scrutiny of the UK leaving the EU agreed by the House on 12 October 2016; recognises that it is Parliament’s responsibility to properly scrutinise the Government while respecting the decision of the British people to leave the European Union; confirms that there should be no disclosure of material that could be reasonably judged to damage the UK in any negotiations to depart from the European Union after Article 50 has been triggered; and calls on the Prime Minister to commit to publishing the Government’s plan for leaving the EU before Article 50 is invoked.”

To which the Government has tabled the following amendment:

“At end add ‘, consistently with the principles agreed without division by this House on 12 October; recognises that this House should respect the wishes of the United Kingdom as expressed in the referendum on 23 June; and further calls on the Government to invoke Article 50 by 31 March 2017.’.“

Assuming the motion is agreed to, as amended, it would appear to represent a compromise by the Government. Whether it will have any impact on the proceedings currently before the Supreme Court remains to be seen.

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