Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, the former Tory leader slammed fellow guest, shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti, for Labour's desire to amend the Article 50 bill to ensure greater scrutiny of the Brexit process.
Lord Howard, who campaigned for Leave, said it was not appropriate because “you could argue until the cows come home”.
“The Government has been clear, it will keep Parliament informed to the extent that it can without impairing the negotiations,” he said.
“That’s not something you put in an act of Parliament because you could argue until the cows come home as to what is necessary.
Lord Howard dismissed Shami Chakrabarti's calls for greater clarity on Brexit
The people of this country have spoken – we are leaving the European Union
Lord Michael Howard
“The people of this country have spoken – we are leaving the European Union. The terms on which we are leaving the European Union is a matter for the Government to negotiate and it will keep Parliament informed as best it can without imperilling its ability to conduct those negotiations in the best interests of our country.”
Lord Howard, who also accused Liberal Democrat Lords of wanting to “carry out the negotiations themselves”, said the Prime Minister had already laid out her objectives.
He then bashed the Labour Party for wanting to unveil Mrs May’s “priorities” to her European counterparts.
He said: “We know what the objectives are, once you start talking about priorities you’re disclosing your negotiating position and no sensible person when they start on a negotiation discloses their priorities.
Government Loses Brexit Vote Appeal
Tue, January 24, 2017
Britain's most senior judges ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May does not have the power to trigger the formal process Article 50 for the UK's exit from the European Union without Parliament having a say.
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Issued by the Supreme Court of (top row, from the left) Lord Neuberger, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, (bottom row, from the left) Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge, who agreed with the majority decision that the Government could not trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval.
“Because immediately, if you say something has a lesser priority, the other party to the negotiation will say ‘right, we can forget about that, you don’t attach a high priority to that’.”
Hitting back, Baroness Chakrabarti said her party was not prepared to give the Government a free pass over the EU.
“I believe that Article 50 will be triggered but I don’t believe it would be a responsible parliament that gave the Government a blank cheque as to what happens next,” she said.
“This is about how we live in the future and how we live with our neighbours and partners in the world.”