EU watching UK Brexit votes today before making concessions, says minister

Britain’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox leaves 10 Downing Street in London, July 18, 2018. — AFP pic
Britain’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox leaves 10 Downing Street in London, July 18, 2018. — AFP pic

LONDON, Feb 14 — European Union governments want to see how Britain’s parliament votes on amendments to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy today to gauge whether they should make concessions to London, Britain’s Trade Minister Liam Fox said.

“I think that our European partners will be watching to see, if they make those concessions, do they think that parliament would be likely then to pass that agreement?,” Fox told BBC television today.

“We have to be very aware that this is not an academic debate. It is listened to quite seriously by those who will be negotiating with the UK.”

The debate in parliament will be on a motion which states that parliament welcomes May’s February 12 update on her progress in seeking changes to the Brexit agreement. — Reuters