Ministers shouldn’t deny parliament a meaningful role in Brexit

The Times reports this morning that the Prime Minister published a pamphlet for a think tank in 2007, arguing that it should be “impossible to override” parliament. She wrote that “ministers should have to set out their negotiating positions” to a Commons committee “and gain its approval” before talks with the EU.


Research from Open Britain has previously revealed that the Prime Minister spoke in Parliament in favour of MPs voting to approve Government positions prior to negotiations with the EU. When Shadow Leader of the House in 2008, Theresa May said “we should have a statutory scrutiny reserve so that Ministers would have to gain parliamentary approval before negotiations in the Council of Ministers.” 

Commenting, Pat McFadden MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:

“This paper shows that the Prime Minister does in fact believe that ministers should get parliamentary approval for negotiating strategies with Europe.

“Sooner or later ministers will realise that they can’t support Brexit in the name of parliamentary sovereignty and deny parliament a meaningful role in what Brexit means.”