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May agrees to divulge Brexit plan

MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of prime minister Theresa May’s timetable for Brexit negotiations.

The Labour Party motion, which called for “the prime minister to commit to publishing the government’s plan for leaving the European Union before article 50 is invoked”, was passed by 448 to 75 votes, but only after the prime minister added an amendment calling on the government to invoke article 50 by 31 March 2017.

The vote is not binding and if the Supreme Court upholds a High-Court ruling that the UK government does not have power to trigger article 50 of the Lisbon treaty unless parliament approves, new legislation will have to be enacted by both houses of parliament.

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