May loses vote on Brexit legal advice

Британия имеет право остановить Brexit без согласия ЕС

Британия имеет право остановить Brexit без согласия ЕС

The UK government will publish in full legal advice it received regarding British Prime Minister Theresa May's widely criticised Brexit deal after it was found to be in contempt of parliament for failing to originally do so.

The Speaker of the House has allowed for an emergency motion on whether the government is in contempt of Parliament for failing to publish the advice in full, adding that there was "an arguable case".

The Government said after the vote that it would now publish the full advice.

The government in fact lost three votes, each by narrow but significant margins, demonstrating the huge difficulties it will face in the coming week in a debate and subsequent vote on that deal, which must pass if Brexit is to go ahead as the government plans.

Addressing the Commons at the start of a five-day debate on her proposed Brexit agreement, Mrs May said Brexit divisions had become "corrosive" to United Kingdom politics and the public believed the issue had "gone on long enough" and must be resolved.

"It's a historic first for government ministers to be found in contempt", Labour's Brexit spokesman Kier Starmer told the BBC.

Never before has the House of Commons found ministers in contempt of parliament.

Mr Bercow was responding to a call from senior MPs in six parties - Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP, the Democratic Unionist Party, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party - for contempt proceedings to be launched.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a constitutional crisis before her government debates the Brexit withdrawal agreement that was approved in November.

"We have 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", Leadsom told parliament.

"We have tested the opinion of the House twice on this very serious subject", Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons said after the vote took place.

An attempt by ministers to refer the whole issue, including the government's conduct, to the committee of MPs was earlier defeated by four votes.

British lawmakers held up a momentous Brexit debate on Tuesday (Dec 4), accusing the government of contempt over its handling of the withdrawal agreement, as a top European Union legal opinion stated Britain could even call off its departure from the bloc altogether. 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.

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

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.

Failure to do so would trigger a "backstop" arrangement that keeps Britain in an EU customs union - with Northern Ireland also following EU rules on regulation of goods.

But May's spokesman told reporters: "It does nothing in any event to change the clear position of the government that Article 50 is not going to be revoked". To complicate matters even more, between 50 and 80 hard-line Conservative members of Parliament are likely to reject the deal.

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