Government found in contempt of parliament and must publish Brexit legal advice

Government found in contempt of parliament and must publish Brexit legal advice

In the subsequent vote on the contempt motion, the government lost 311-293.

Opposition parties and the small Northern Irish party that props up Theresa May's minority government were furious that the government had only provided an outline of the legal basis for its Brexit deal after Parliament voted to be given the full advice.

"The debate is expected to start at 12:45 p.m.", the parliament said.

The House of Commons voted 311-293 to censure the government for failing to publish its full legal advice about the divorce deal May struck last month with the European Union.

An attempt by ministers to refer the whole issue to a committee of MPs was earlier defeated earlier by four votes.

May is due to address Parliament Wednesday, opening five days of debate before a December 11 vote on the divorce agreement.

Speaking from the dispatch box, the Prime Minister appealed for those on all sides of the Brexit debate to back her deal, claiming it would protect United Kingdom jobs and security.

In November, the House of Commons unanimously passed a Labour motion calling for the release of any legal advice in full that had been provided to ministers on the proposed Withdrawal Agreement and framework for future EU-UK relationship.

The full legal advice given to ministers is understood to run to several thousand pages.

But Tory Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg told the programme: "I would say publish and avoid being in contempt of the House of Commons, which is a very serious matter".

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Theresa May suffered a further setback on Tuesday as MPs backed, by 321 votes to 299, changes to the rules on what happens should the Commons vote down her deal next week.

It means that instead of the government having to come back to tell MPs what their next steps are - and MPs voting on that - they would theoretically be able to vote on what they wanted the government to do as well.

- The BBC dropped proposals for a TV debate featuring Mrs May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn followed by a discussion between eight panellists including politicians from different sides of the Brexit argument.

The guidance is not binding on the Luxembourg court, which is considering the issue in response to a request from British parliamentarians.

Meanwhile, Mr Carney told the Commons Treasury Committee that increased tariff prices, import costs and a collapse in the value of the pound after a no-deal Brexit would send food prices soaring "quite quickly".

Reflecting on her personal journey, May added: "I have spent almost two years negotiating this deal". To complicate matters even more, between 50 and 80 hard-line Conservative members of Parliament are likely to reject the deal.

Soft-liners are against the deal because they believe that it won't secure the closest possible British-EU political and economic ties.

"The British people want us to get on with a deal that honours the referendum and allows us to come together again as a country, whichever way we voted", May was due to say.

The "Meaningful Vote" on May's Brexit deal is to take place on December 11th and is said to be the most important and historic vote to take place in parliament since the end of the Second World War.

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