February 13, 2019 / 8:47 AM / 3 days ago

UK Labour will back plan to force government Brexit decision by mid-March

FILE PHOTO: Keir Starmer, Britain's Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, appears on BBC TV's The Andrew Marr Show in London, Britain, January 20, 2019. Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s opposition Labour Party will back a proposal to try to force the government to take “crucial decisions” on its Brexit plans by the middle of March, the party’s Brexit spokesman said on Wednesday.

Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper, a leading campaigner against Britain leaving the European Union without an agreement, published a new bill on Tuesday that seeks to force a decision by government on whether Britain would leave with a deal, without a deal or extend the negotiation period by mid-March.

“We’ll support that,” Keir Starmer told BBC Radio on Wednesday, asked whether the party would back Cooper’s amendment, which she would put forward later this month if the government has not reached a deal with the EU by Feb. 26.

Reporting by Alistair Smout, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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