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United Kingdom government found in contempt of parliament

United Kingdom government found in contempt of parliament

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

The most important moment in Brexit proceedings in Parliament today was not the contempt debate that grinding its way through the Commons but a business motion amendment that happened just afterwards.

Legislators in the House of Commons found the government in contempt of Parliament for refusing to publish in full the advice it had received from the country's top law officer about the terms of Britain's departure from the EU.

'We've listened carefully and in light of the expressed will of the House we will publish the final and full advice provided by the Attorney General to Cabinet but recognising the very serious constitutional issues this raises I have referred the matter to the privileges committee to consider the implications of the humble address'.

May's government will now have to turn over the legal advice to Parliament. A separate House of Commons vote on Tuesday determined that parliamentarians will have the right to amend any such motion.

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. Rejecting it would leave the United Kingdom facing the prospect of a chaotic "no-deal" Brexit, but May's chances of winning majority backing for the deal appear slim.

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Over the past few months the pound has been rocked by political turmoil as Theresa May tries to win support for her Brexit deal.

But Commons Leader Leadsom argued ministers had treated MPs "with the greatest of respect", adding that Cox had gone out of his way to satisfy parliament's wishes.

A cross-party motion was filed by a group of MPs, including Labour, DUP, Lib Dems, SNP. "So it looks like the deal won't pass next week".

Second, both May and the European Union billed the deal as a take it or leave it proposal.

"The alternative is uncertainty and risk - the risk Brexit could be stopped, the risk we could crash out with no deal".

May's plans are vulnerable to more change at the end of the debate, and advice from a senior European Union legal aide that Britain had the right to withdraw its Brexit notice opened yet another front in her battle to win the approval of parliament. The amendment stipulates that Parliament can change that statement - effectively telling the government what to do.

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The "final and full" advice will be released tomorrow.

Chris Leslie, the Labour backbencher backing the amendment, said: "MPs are going to gradually assert their rights - including the right to instruct the government in future stages".

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Downing Street reaffirmed on Tuesday that May has absolutely no intention of doing so - and that the ruling was in either case only advisory.

"We should not let the search for a ideal Brexit prevent a good Brexit which delivers on the wishes of the British people".

May faces a daunting struggle to secure parliament's approval in the key vote on December 11 after her plan was criticised by Brexit supporters and opponents alike.

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