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Parliament has no right to hijack Brexit, says Trade Minister Liam Fox

Britain's main opposition Labour Party is pressing for a new election and for May to rule out the possibility of a no-deal Brexit

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International Trade Secretary Liam Fox
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox

Parliament cannot be allowed to hijack Brexit, Trade Minister said on Sunday, in a warning to lawmakers who want to take more control over Britain's departure from the

With just weeks to go before Britain is due to leave the EU, Prime Minister will return to parliament on Monday to set out how she plans to try to break the Brexit deadlock after her deal was rejected by lawmakers last week. She will also speak to ministers on Sunday on a conference call, a government source said, as the prime minister tries to navigate a way through the competing visions for the future from a second referendum to staying in the EU.

Time is running out for Brexit, Britain’s biggest shift in foreign and trade policy in more than 40 years, but so far there is little that unites a divided parliament beyond its rejection of May’s deal that envisages close economic ties with the EU.

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party is pressing for a new election and for May to rule out the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, while others in parliament are lobbying for anything from a second referendum to leaving without an agreement.

Fox, a Brexit supporter, told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that May’s divorce agreement with the EU was still the best basis for a deal and warned lawmakers against trying to take more control of Britain’s departure. “Parliament has not got the right to hijack the Brexit process because parliament said to the people of this country: ‘we make a contract with you, you will make the decision and we will honour it’,” Fox said.

“What we are now getting are some of those who were always absolutely opposed to the result of the referendum trying to hijack Brexit and in effect steal the result from the people.” Britain voted with a 52 per cent majority to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum that exposed deep divisions across the country, divisions that still split cities and towns, and the country’s parliament, almost three years on.

First Published: Mon, January 21 2019. 01:42 IST
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