MPs will not be able to debate how Brexit negotiations will be handled, circumventing British parliamentary sovereignty, despite claims that a vote to leave the would bring powers to Westminster.
A number of politicians, including MPs from all major political parties, have demanded that Parliament should have a say on the direction of Brexit negotiations, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears in Number 10.
In a statement to the House of Commons, leading Brexiteer and Secretary of State David Davis claimed that “the mandate for Britain to leave the European Union is clear, overwhelming, and unarguable” after the 52-48 vote on 23 June, and there was no need for parliamentary oversight on the push for a “hard Brexit”.
Following Davis’ statement, Open Britain, the group campaigning to keep the UK in the single market, said:
“If the government is serious about empowering parliament, then they should commit to putting before parliament the pre-negotiation white paper David Davis has supported. And to giving our sovereign parliament a vote on the eventual deal once the negotiations have finished.
“The government cannot dismiss all calls for parliamentary involvement as attempting to deny the referendum result. The result was a vote to leave the European Union. It did not give the government a blank cheque on everything from leaving the Single Market to the potential for damaging tariffs and other trade barriers.
“Those calling for parliamentary involvement are not trying to deny the referendum result but to have a proper say on the terms on which we leave.
“Brexit is the biggest challenge facing our country in a generation. As we debate the detail of it, Parliament must be given a voice and a role. To deny it would be anti-democratic and ironic, given the claims of support for parliamentary sovereignty by leading Brexiteers.”