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Brexit is demonstrating parliament’s considerable influence over government

Britain’s former first parliamentary counsel says MPs are not being side-lined despite the arguments about process

By Stephen Laws  

Photo: Manuel Cohen/Zuma Press/PA Images

There are some recurring themes in the Brexit process. One of them is the accusation that the government is seeking to deny parliament its proper say.

This accusation resurfaced again last week following a government memorandum to the House of Commons Procedure Committee. The Committee is considering what procedure should be followed when the Commons votes on whether to approve any withdrawal deal agreed with the EU. It had asked the government for its views on the matter and Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab provided the memorandum in reply.

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