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MPs back Government's Brexit timetable

MPs have voted by a majority of 372 to back the Government's plan to trigger Article 50 to begin the Brexit process by the end of March 2017.

Announcing the vote in the House of Commons, Speaker John Bercow, said that 461 had voted in favour, while 89 had voted against it.

MPs also voted in favour of a Labour amendment calling on the Government to publish its Brexit plan before formal talks begin no later than the end of March 2017.

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Burnham: Public being kept 'in the dark' over Brexit

Andy Burnham Credit: House of Commmons

The country is "more divided now than ever" following the EU referendum, Andy Burnham has said, adding that part of the reason for this is that the public are being "kept in the dark" over the Government's Brexit plans.

Speaking during a House of Commons Brexit debate, the Labour MP said: "The blame lies not with the public, but with the way Parliament and the Government has responded in the six months since.

"This was a referendum in which the public were issuing a sharp rebuke to the political class which they feel doesn't listen to them and isn't straight with them.

"But what has the Government's response been to this?

"They have been saying they want to keep the citizens of this country in the dark when it comes to their plans for Brexit so as not to give anything away to the other side."

Mr Burnham branded the Government's approach to Brexit so far as "unacceptable" and "a politically inept approach".

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