Theresa May promises "white paper" on Brexit plan

 Theresa May promises "white paper" on Brexit planUK's Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to release a Brexit "white paper" to spell out the Government's plans for Britain outside the EU, The Independent said on Wednesday.

May was responding to calls by potential Conservative rebels and Labour to give more detail on what she wanted the UK to look like after it left the EU.

"I have been clear, as have senior ministers, that we will ensure that Parliament has every opportunity to provide that scrutiny on this issue as we go through this process," she told the House of Commons at Prime Minister's Questions.

"I set out that bold plan for a global Britain last week and I recognise there is an appetite in this House to see that plan set out in a white paper … I can confirm that our plan will be set out in a white paper published in this House," May added.

The PM would not say when the white paper would be published when she was asked by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The Government has previously said explaining its negotiating position to MPs in detail would put it at a disadvantage.

Rumours of a rebellion by pro-EU Conservative MPs and calls by Labour for a white paper however appear to have pushed the Government to take further action.

Issues still to be established include the nature of any new immigration controls and the extent of free trade with the EU and other trading blocs.

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that MPs must be given a vote in order to trigger Article 50. A bill is expected to be introduced by the Government as early as this week.
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