Julia Hartley-Brewer clashes with MP Angela Smith over triggering Article 50

Julia Hartley-Brewer clashes with MP Angela Smith over triggering Article 50

The Government's plan needs to be known on Brexit, says Smith

Friday, December 9, 2016

Any plans for Brexit will have to be complete within 11 weeks if Article 50 is triggered by the end of March – which isn't good enough, says MP Angela Smith. 

MPs have voted in favour of a government amendment which calls for Article 50 to be triggered by the end of March. 461 MPs voted for the amendment but 89 MPs voted against, including Labour MP Angela Smith.

Smith told Julia Hartley-Brewer that "any plan put forward will have to go through the commons and the law in about 11 weeks, and frankly that’s just not good enough."

However, when Julia claimed this meant she wanted to delay the Brexit process, Smith claimed "we don’t want to slow the process down, we just want to know the government's plan."

Smith believes her constituents' "views deserve to be aired properly in the commons in response to a plan formed by Theresa May," but Julia hit back, and said her constituents are probably "unhappy" about her voting against this amendment.

Listen to the full interview to find out more