May faces more Brexit woes after United Kingdom minister quits

Clodagh Kilcoyne – WPA Pool  Getty Images Prime Minister Theresa May and DUP leader Arlene Foster

Clodagh Kilcoyne – WPA Pool Getty Images Prime Minister Theresa May and DUP leader Arlene Foster

The Labour Party and others sent a letter to Mr Bercow after Theresa May's government said it would not publish the full legal advice on the warnings it may have received regarding the withdrawal.

Ministers have repeatedly refused to release the Attorney General's full and final legal advice on their Brexit deal, as ordered by Parliament.

Ministers have disregarded the motion, saying that Cox will tomorrow present a "full, reasoned position statement" on the advice - which critics, led by Labour shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, say would present an incomplete, politicised version of the advice.

May faces an uphill struggle to secure parliament's approval in a vote on December 11, when many Brexit supporters and opponents alike say they will reject her vision for leaving the EU, Britain's biggest shift in foreign policy in over 40 years.

She says her deal will offer close economic ties with the European Union, enable Britain to trade freely with the rest of the world while meeting one of the demands of voters to end free movement and reduce immigration into Britain. Actually, this is about delivering for what people voted for when they voted in that referendum to leave the EU.

If May's Conservative government lost a no-confidence vote it would have two weeks to overturn the result.

But many British lawmakers on both sides of the Brexit debate oppose the deal - Brexiteers because it keeps Britain bound closely to the European Union, and pro-EU politicians because it erects barriers between the United Kingdom and its biggest trading partner.

Mrs May told This Morning: "I'm keen to have a head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn, I hope this actually goes through".

But the British government and the European Union insist that the agreement, which took a year and a half to negotiate, is the only one on the table and rejecting it would mean leaving the bloc without a deal.

Theresa May
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The DUP has joined with other opposition parties in writing to the Speaker of the House of Commons to ask him to launch contempt proceedings against the Government.

The official's comments come after a poll published last week found that public support for her Brexdit deal had nearly doubled to 27 percent since the day it was announced.

Facing a hostile Commons chamber, the Attorney General told MPs to "grow up and get real" as he insisted he could not release his legal advice on Brexit in full because it would be "contrary to the national interest".

The latest Minister to resign from Theresa May's government says that the deal the PM has brought back for MPs to vote on "isn't a deal".

Gyimah is the seventh member of May's Conservative government to quit over the Brexit deal.

The MP, who is regarded as a party loyalist, says the deal is a huge gamble.

Cox said he would have preferred to have seen a unilateral right of termination in the Northern Ireland backstop arrangement, but added he supported May's deal because he did not believe Britain would be willingly trapped in it permanently.

The cross-party motion tabled by Labour, the SNP, Lib Dems, DUP, Plaid Cymru and Green Party states that the House of Commons finds ministers in contempt for failing to comply with the resolution passed by MPs in November demanding the legal advice and "orders its immediate publication".




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