March 11, 2019 / 10:43 AM / 6 months ago

Parliament will wrest control of Brexit if PM fails to build consensus - UK lawmaker

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May must find a way to build consensus in parliament over Britain’s departure from the European Union, and if she fails to, parliament will try to take control of Brexit, a Labour Party lawmaker said on Monday.

Yvette Cooper, an opposition party lawmaker who has led efforts to hand parliament more control over Brexit, said in a speech at the Centre for European Reform: “There are practical steps the prime minister can take now, not easy ones, but sensible ones - step by step to build more consensus around a way through this.”

“Now if she won’t find a way through, then parliament has a responsibility to do so instead. And once again, we will be ready to work cross-party on amendments to do that.” (Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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