British prime minister urged to reveal Brexit plan as lawmakers push for vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May is coming under mounting pressure to reveal her Brexit strategy before she triggers formal negotiations to leave the European Union.

A cross-party group of legislators this weekend demanded that the government publish a “substantive outline” of its plans and submit it to a vote in Parliament before invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the formal mechanism for withdrawing from the EU.

The group, which includes former Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and former opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, argues that the June Brexit referendum only asked voters whether they wanted to exit the 28-nation bloc, not on what terms.

“The referendum was a mandate for Brexit, but there is no mandate from the referendum for a hard, destructive Brexit,” Miliband said in a comment for the Open Britain campaign. “This is not about overturning the result but giving Parliament a say in determining the terms of our departure from the EU.”

While any Parliament vote would be non-binding, it could be awkward for the Conservative prime minister, who was last week forced to back a Labour motion calling for “proper scrutiny” of her strategy.

Speculation is growing that May’s determination to curb immigration could cost Britain its tariff-free access to the EU single market of 450 million people, damaging the economy.

Concern about a so-called hard Brexit has sent the pound to a three-decade low and revived the prospect of a second independence referendum in Scotland, where voters strongly back staying in the EU.

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