Soubry – Government should voluntarily agree to putting Brexit plan before Parliament

It has been reported that a number of Conservative MPs are considering supporting Labour’s Opposition Day Debate on Wednesday, which calls for the Government to bring their plan for the upcoming negotiations with the EU to Parliament before Article 50 is invoked. The Open Britain campaign has led cross-party calls for the publication of the Government’s plans and have previously released polling showing that it is supported by three-quarters of the public and by a majority of both Leave and Remain voters.

Commenting, Anna Soubry MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said: 

“The Labour motion on Wednesday calling for parliamentary scrutiny of the Government’s Brexit plan is eminently sensible and supportable.

“The best solution would be for the Government to unite all sides of the House by now agreeing to put before Parliament their plan for the upcoming negotiations. 

“It would be a vital and welcome step in healing the Brexit divisions that exist, not just in politics, but across the country.” 

Commenting, James McGrory, co-Executive Director of the Open Britain campaign, added: 

“Brexit is the defining issue of this Parliament and it transcends party politics.

“Politicians from across the political spectrum believe that the Government should commit to publishing their plan for leaving the EU before Article 50 is triggered.

“The Government should commit to publishing a plan before Parliament inevitably forces their hand.”


Notes to editors

Anna Soubry MP was on WATO this afternoon talking about this issue:

The text of Labour’s Opposition Day Debate is here:

A poll, commissioned by the Open Britain campaign in October, revealed that nearly three quarters of the public think the Government should seek parliamentary approval for their Brexit plans before Article 50 is triggered and the negotiations start: