Theresa May Found in Contempt of Parliament

Andrea Leadsom, Leader of the House of Commons, said on Tuesday that this had been a "full and frank exposition", and that releasing the full advice would set a risky precedent.

A vote of 311-293 in favor of the motion find the government in contempt of parliament over its failure to comply with an earlier motion in November that ordered it to publish its full Brexit legal advice.

Minutes before May rose to speak, lawmakers delivered a historic rebuke, finding her Conservative government in contempt of Parliament for refusing to publish the advice it had received from the country's top law officer about the proposed terms of Brexit.

Critics of the government said they suspect the advice will reveal the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox's misgivings about the Brexit agreement.

After Labour demanded the advice should be released ahead of next Tuesday's key vote on Mrs May's deal, Commons Speaker John Bercow said it was "unimaginable" this would not happen.

He said the wording of Sir Keir Starmer's motion was "extremely vague" and did not compel him to publish the advice in full.

In advance of the vote, Brexit minister Steve Baker stressed that it would not be legally binding.

The Labour Party and others, including the DUP, said that the vote is so important for the future of the country that lawmakers should be able to see any detailed legal warnings concerning parts of the withdrawal agreement.

She said the Government, which had sought to slow down the process by referring the issue to Parliament's Committee of Privileges, had fulfilled the spirit of the order to publish.

The amendment isn't legally binding - but it carries huge political weight and would be very hard for the government to ignore.

The Prime Minister caved in moments after MPs decided her ministers were in "contempt" of Parliament.

These concerns are not likely to derail the Brexit debates; however, the deal will probably not pass on its first reading based on Parliamentary arithmetic and May's minority conservative government.

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said: 'We've tested the opinion of the House twice on this very serious subject. He added: "Theresa May's majority has evaporated, and the credibility of her deal is evaporating with it". They claim that London will be forced to follow European Union rules without having a say in them; they also say that the European Union common external tariff will prevent London from enforcing free trade agreements on goods with non-EU countries.

If she loses, May could call for a second vote.

The ECJ's advocate general Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona said the United Kingdom could withdraw its notification to leave the European Union before its exit in March 2019 without needing the approval of the other 27 states. If, against the odds, May wins, Britain will leave the European Union on March 29 on the terms she negotiated with Brussels - its biggest shift in trade and foreign policy for more than 40 years.

But May's spokesman told reporters: "It does nothing in any event to change the clear position of the government that Article 50 is not going to be revoked".

But the deal has done little more than boost opposition at the hardline edges of the debate.


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