Theresa May defends Brexit strategy at PM’s Questions
October 13, 2016

The subject of Brexit dominated the first PM’s Questions since the end of the party conference season, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accusing the government of overseeing “ a shambolic Tory Brexit”. Questioned over the UK’s membership of the single market, the Prime Minister refused to say whether the UK would remain a member, stating that she wanted “maximum possible access”, but added she was “absolutely clear that the British people” wanted “maximum control” over immigration. Many political commentators believe it will be highly unlikely for the UK to remain members of the single market without allowing the free movement of people from the European Union. Meanwhile, the House of Commons debated a Labour motion yesterday, which would allow MPs to scrutinise the Government’s plans before Article 50 is triggered. Several Conservative party backbenchers have supported the motion, putting pressure on the Prime Minister to give more specific details over the Brexit strategy. The Government has previously stated that it wants to be able to hold upcoming talks freely with EU Member States, and does want its hands tied down beforehand by the House of Commons.

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