UK Cabinet Concludes no Need for Brexit Parliamentary Vote

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet concluded there’s no need to hold a parliamentary vote before beginning the formal process for pulling Britain out of the European Union, with ministers saying they want to “push ahead” with Brexit.

Though opponents of Britain leaving the EU are going to court to argue that Parliament should hold a vote on the triggering of Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, cabinet ministers agreed on Wednesday that such a move is unnecessary. That’s been the government’s position since the country voted to leave the EU on June 23 — lawmakers were told last month that it’s within the administration’s “prerogative power” — but this is the first time it has been stated so explicitly by May’s office. On Tuesday, her spokesman said Parliament would be allowed “a say.”

“There was a strong emphasis on pushing ahead to Article 50 to lead Britain successfully out of the European Union — with no need for a parliamentary vote,” May’s office said in an e-mailed statement after a meeting at Chequers, the premier’s country residence northwest of London.

The statement also rejected the idea that the semi-autonomous governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland might have a decisive input, even though May has begun consultations with them on Brexit. “Cabinet members were clear that it is the United Kingdom’s government’s decision to establish its terms and on when to trigger Article 50,” the premier’s office said. Scottish and Northern Irish voters both backed staying in the bloc.

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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