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Tonight’s Brexit debate: What happens and when

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Parliament must have its say on Brexit, it seems MPs are determined to make the most of it. After last week’s mammoth debate, today’s session on amendments to the Government’s White Paper will drag on until the early hours of tomorrow morning. It’s expected to finish up at around 1am – keeping Brexit aficionados, as well as MPs from all sides and the Government busy. But what will they be discussing? Here’s the Spectator’s guide to tonight’s Brexit session:

After Theresa May’s Commons statement on the European Council meeting, tonight’s Commons session will essentially split into two parts. The first, expected to last from 4.30pm until around 9pm, will consider what role Parliament should have in holding the Government’s feet to the fire during negotiations for Brexit.

After this session finishes up, MPs will then move on to considering what role the devolved assemblies in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales should be given in having their say on the triggering of Article 50. MPs will also debate what involvement the likes of the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon should be given in Brexit talks with the European Union.

First up this afternoon, MPs will get down to business by debating an amendment put forward by Jeremy Corbyn. This calls on Parliament to be given full oversight of the Brexit process as it unfolds. If the clause gets the go-ahead, the Government will have to publish reports updating Parliament on its Brexit progress at least every two months. A separate clause being debated tonight will also compel the Government to come to Parliament once every three months to keep the Commons informed on ‘progress in negotiations on Article 50’.

Next, MPs will turn to the matter of financial services and discuss whether the Government should have to keep Parliament informed on what steps are being taken to ‘defend and promote the access to European markets for the UK financial services sector’ after Brexit.

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