Theresa May has vowed she will not allow her hands to be tied in negotiating a post-Brexit future for Britain, as she travelled to India on a mission to lay the groundwork for an “ambitious” trade deal.
Following the setback of last week’s High Court ruling that she must seek Parliament’s approval to trigger talks to withdraw from the EU, Mrs May issued a warning to Remain-backing MPs and peers that they must “accept what the people decided” rather than try to block Brexit.
And she indicated she remains determined to resist demands from Labour and other parties to spell out her negotiating strategy for withdrawal talks under Article 50 of the EU treaties, insisting that “putting all our cards on the table” was “not in our national interest”.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it was ‘highly unlikely’ the Commons would seek to block Brexit by voting against the triggering of Article 50.
But he warned that MPs and peers could undermine Mrs May’s negotiating position by trying to get her to spell out her priorities.
‘And there’s a confusion here – parliament passes laws, it always has, but governments negotiate treaties. And the reason parliament can’t negotiate treaties is because you can’t decide an international treaty by a simply vote of MPs.
Nigel Farage warned of violence on the streets if Brexit is denied as he engaged in angry clashes with Gina Miller on live TV today.
The businesswoman and former model insisted the UKIP leader should be her ‘biggest fan’ because her High Court case had restored power to parliament.
But Mr Farage hit back by warning of riots if the outcome of the historic EU referendum result was not implemented, asking her: ‘What part of the word “leave” don’t you understand?’
Katie Hopkins said during an LBC phone in, “Parliament already had their say, six to one, Parliament voted to let the people decide”.
Hopkins later blasted investment manager Gina Miller, who led the group bringing the court case, after a caller defended the ruling and reminded the host about “separation of power”.
She fired back: “Gina Miller, the Guayanan-born lady wife, wife slash wife, of hedge fund billionaire that fronted this, you’re telling me she really cared about the process of the law?
“You’re telling me all of those millions that funded this lady to front up this, you’re telling me she really cared deeply about the process of the law?… I don’t think she did.”
Hilary Benn, the Labour MP who strongly backed Remain has warned Brexiteers that he now holds the power to dictate the conditions on which Britain will leave the EU.
Mr Benn, who leads the Parliament’s Brexit Committee, told Sky News that the single market will be a priority amid fears that desperate Remain MPs will water down the terms of Brexit.
Following this week’s controversial High Court Brexit ruling, Parliament now holds the power to activate Article 50 – the formal start of Brexit negotiations.
He told Dermot Murnaghan that he is responsible for telling the Government how to find “the best possible deal”.
Critics of Mr Benn claim the MP is turning his back on the will of the British people and forcing Britain to be as close to the EU as possible.
The Chair of the Exiting the EU Select Committee told Sky News: “The committee will look into Article 50 and into what should be Britain’s negotiating position with the EU.
“We will try to establish the kind of relationship with the EU that Britain should seek.”
However, in a stark warning to Brexit campaigners, who want to exit the EU as soon as possible, Mr Benn said Theresa May’s deadline for March next year will not work.
The Labour MP said: “We have elections in France and Germany next year so it is reasonable to assume formal negotiations won’t start until the autumn when the German elections are out of the way.”
The British Democrats say;
MPs overwhelmingly voted to appoint Keith Vaz to the Justice committee, with an astonishing 159 Tory MPs – including ten Cabinet ministers – voting in favour. How can the British Public have any confidence in the Parliamentary process when the majority of MPs appear to have abandoned logic and common sense when it comes to decision making?