March 25, 2019 / 7:30 PM / 6 months ago

Parliament's bid to control Brexit process is not constitutional revolution - lawmaker

FILE PHOTO: Conservative politician Oliver Letwin speaks to the media outside Downing Street in London, Britain March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - A British lawmaker said his plan to allow parliament to wrestle control of the Brexit process from the government by trying to find a majority for an alternative way forward to end the impasse is not an attempt at a constitutional revolution.

The proposal put forward by Oliver Letwin, a member of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives, seeks to change the rules of parliament on March 27 in order to provide time for lawmakers to debate and vote on alternative ways forward on Brexit. This a process often referred to as ‘indicative votes’.

“It is not some kind of constitutional revolution,” Letwin told parliament on Monday. “It is an opportunity for the House of Commons to begin, and I want to stress the word begin, the process of working its way towards identifying a way forward that can command a majority in this house.”

Reporting By Elizabeth Piper, writing by Andrew MacAskill, Editing by Kylie MacLellan

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