British MPs to vote on May's Brexit timetable

May has agreed to provide further details on her negotiating strategy before triggering the Article 50 exit process as long as MPs back her timetable and the result of the June referendum to leave the European Union. 

British MPs to vote on May's Brexit timetable

World Bulletin / News Desk

British lawmakers will be asked to vote Wednesday on Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to start Brexit by March next year in a parliamentary showdown between the government and pro-EU MPs.

The House of Commons vote is not binding, and the government is still fighting a legal challenge at the Supreme Court against moves to give parliament the final say on starting the withdrawal process.

Commentators said Wednesday's debate was intended to flush out those MPs who may seek to delay Brexit in the event that the legal case succeeds.

May has said she intends to trigger Article 50 of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, starting a two-year exit process, by the end of March.

But to the frustration of lawmakers -- and EU leaders -- she has refused to give a "running commentary" on her strategy, insisting that revealing her hand prematurely would undermine the negotiations.

In a parliamentary motion on Wednesday, the opposition Labour party called on the government to publish its "plan for leaving" before triggering Article 50.

Dozens of MPs from May's Conservative party were preparing to back the move, threatening an embarrassing defeat for the prime minister.

But in a last-minute manoeuvre, she published an amendment effectively accepting the motion -- on condition that MPs accept her timetable to begin Brexit.

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