Urgent Question on Parliamentary approval before triggering Article 50

11 July 2016

Minister for Constitutional Reform, John Penrose, responded to an Urgent Question asked by Helen Goodman, MP for Bishop Auckland, in the House of Commons on Monday 11 July on whether the Government will seek Parliamentary approval before triggering Article 50.

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If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time.

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