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    UK Government bows to pressure to set out government plan for leaving EU

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    British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has agreed to publish a “white paper” setting out HM Government’s plans for Brexit in greater detail. According to an article in the Financial Times, Mrs May said she accepted there was an “appetite” for such a document after Tory MPs stepped up the pressure on her to set out a written plan for Brexit. Downing Street had last week played down the need for a white paper, arguing that Mrs May’s speech at Lancaster House a week ago provided sufficient clarity on her plans for leaving the EU. Following yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling that the government must hold a parliamentary vote before starting the UK’s two-year exit from the EU, former business minister Anna Soubry, stated that “They [the government] will be in genuine difficulties on the Article 50 motion if they try and thwart the genuine desire to have a proper debate”. The legislation setting out the government’s plan will be published tomorrow on Thursday 26 January 2017 in the form of a bill. Mrs May indicated that she wanted to push the bill through the House of Commons and the House of Lords by the middle of March, allowing her to maintain her original timetable of triggering Brexit by the end of that month.

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