Theresa May Found in Contempt of Parliament

Britain's former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has been an outspoken critic of Theresa May's Brexit deal

Britain's former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has been an outspoken critic of Theresa May's Brexit deal

Theresa May has made a last-ditch attempt to rally MPs behind her Brexit deal after suffering the historic humiliation of seeing her Government found in contempt of Parliament.

Britain's ministers have been forced to back down on Tuesday after parliament found the government was contempt over an order to publish full legal advice on prime minister Theresa May's Brexit deal with the EU.

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

The U.K. voted 52 percent in favor of leaving the E.U. on June 23, 2016, after joining the bloc in 1975, when it was a collection of markets and industries under a common European grouping.

The government had previously published a summary of its legal advice, a move that was heavily criticized by MPs and led to the launch of contempt proceedings by six opposition parties.

The unprecedented defeat was compounded when the government lost another key vote on the power MPs would have if May's Brexit deal is voted down next Tuesday.

A separate House of Commons vote on Tuesday determined that parliamentarians will have the right to amend any such motion.

In a thumping defeat for the government, Theresa May's ministers will have to publish the Brexit legal advice.

After a complaint presented by a group of cross-party lawmakers, parliamentary speaker John Bercow said he believed it could be argued that a contempt had been committed because of the failure to release the full legal advice.

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

In response, Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said she "would respond" on Wednesday but would ask the Commons Privileges Committee to consider the constitutional repercussions.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May answers questions about her Brexit agenda at a Parliamentary liaison committee meeting, November 29, 2018 in London.

Another interesting event today is the notion that Parliament can take control of the process. See PA story POLITICS Brexit.

Advocate General Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona told the European Court of Justice that EU law "allows the unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU".

Opening debate on the deal she struck in Brussels last month, Mrs May warned: "Don't imagine that if we vote this down another deal is going to miraculously appear".

The third defeat came when Tory former minister Dominic Grieve's amendment, which aims to give MPs a greater say should the Brexit deal be defeated on December 11, was approved by 321 votes to 299, majority 22.

The row is unlikely to have any impact on the course of Brexit.

Lawmakers are due to hold five days of discussion before voting December 11 on whether to accept or reject the agreement, which lays out the terms of Britain's departure from the bloc on March 29 and sets the framework for future relations with the EU.

In the most extreme no-deal scenario shopping bills could rise by up to 10%, but even in an orderly no-deal withdrawal, with a transition period, he said grocery prices could rise by 6%.

But the deal still needs to be passed by a majority of British MPs in Parliament.

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