Keir Starmer

Government concede Labour’s calls to publish a Brexit plan

The Government has accepted a Labour motion that calls for the Government to publish a plan for Brexit before Article 50 is invoked.

Facing a likely rebellion on their own backbenches, the Government has made a significant 11th hour concession. The motion will be debated tomorrow in the House of Commons.

Labour have consistently emphasised they will not delay or frustrate the process of triggering Article 50, but that the Government need to publish a plan for Brexit before Article 50 is invoked. 

Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, and who is leading the debate for Labour tomorrow said:

“This is a welcome and hugely significant climb down from the Government.

“For the last two months Labour have been pushing the Government to put their plan for Brexit before Parliament and the public. Without that plan, we have had unnecessary uncertainty, speculation and a running commentary on the Government’s likely approach.

“The Government have now agreed to publish that plan, and to do so before Article 50 is invoked.

“Labour will hold the Government to account on this. We will also push for a plan to be published no later than January 2017 so that the House of Commons, the devolved administrations, the Brexit Select Committee and the British people have a chance to scrutinise it.”