In historic first, United Kingdom government found in contempt of parliament

In historic first, United Kingdom government found in contempt of parliament

In historic first, United Kingdom government found in contempt of parliament

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.

Six opposition parties - including the DUP - teamed up on Monday night to ask the Speaker John Bercow to start contempt proceedings against ministers for withholding Brexit legal advice.

Leadsom swiftly responded to the defeat by promising to publish the legal advice "in full" on Wednesday.

Britain's Attorney General Geoffrey Cox arrives for a cabinet meeting in London, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.

But the debate was delayed as MPs voted on the contempt motion.

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the finding of contempt was "a badge of shame" for the Government, with "huge constitutional and political significance".

Ministers will be forced to publish the government's full legal advice on the deal after MPs found them in contempt of Parliament for issuing a summary.

A cross-party motion was filed by a group of MPs, including Labour, DUP, Lib Dems, SNP.

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said: 'We've tested the opinion of the House twice on this very serious subject.

Suspension would rob the government of precious votes ahead of MPs' decision on the Brexit deal in a week's time, with the survival of Theresa May's deal already looking unlikely.

"The Commons could proceed to pass motions of censure on individual ministers or of no confidence in the Government".

The formal advice from an ECJ advocate general - not binding but usually heeded by the court - suggested to some lawmakers that revoking the "Article 50" divorce notice was an option.

He said: "What I'm looking for particularly is what the legal advice says about our ability to strike any new trade deal".

May is battling to persuade lawmakers to support the divorce agreement she has sealed with the European Union when the House of Commons votes on December 11.

But the problem - seven days out from the vote - hasn't changed: Up to 100 Conservative MPs quite simply think this deal is so bad that they are not prepared to vote for it.

Another interesting event today is the notion that Parliament can take control of the process. 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. He added: "Theresa May's majority has evaporated, and the credibility of her deal is evaporating with it".

"This is a huge win for us, and a huge step forward from the highest court in the business, and confirms what we have been hoping for: that the United Kingdom can indeed change its mind on Brexit and revoke Article 50, unilaterally", he said.

Defeat would leave the United Kingdom facing a chaotic "no-deal" Brexit on March 29 and could topple the prime minister, her government, or both.

The Prime Minister will assert that her Brexit deal, thrashed out over months of negotiations in Brussels, delivers on her commitments to end free movement and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

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