British MPs set to vote on 'contempt of parliament' accusation

by Garry Watts December 5, 2018, 0:46
British MPs set to vote on 'contempt of parliament' accusation

She is expected to say: "To deliver on that vote, we need to deliver a Brexit that respects the decision of the British people - a Brexit that takes back control of our borders, laws and money".

MPs will decide whether to reject the terms of the UK's withdrawal and future relations with the European Union on Tuesday 11 December.

The Conservative prime minister has consistently refused to say what she plans to do if - as widely predicted - the British Parliament rejects the deal her government reached with the EU.

This prompted Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, to concede that "because of the express will of the House" the government would back down and publish the legal advice in full.

Mr Cox responded by insisting the Government has "gone out of its way" to satisfy Parliament's motion calling for the release of the full legal advice.

There is no requirement for the government to share legal advice on new policies, nor is there precedent for legal advice to be routinely published.

The dispute over whether Mr Cox's advice should be published threatened to overshadow the start of a marathon Commons debate on the deal which will be opened by Mrs May on Tuesday ahead of the crunch vote on December 11.

We've tested the opinion of the House twice on this very serious subject.

Minutes after the historic contempt vote, the Government went down to its third defeat in the space of an hour as MPs backed a move which could put Parliament in the driving seat if the Brexit deal is rejected on December 11.

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.

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Opposition Labour Party member Keir Starmer said "the government is wilfully refusing to comply with a binding order of this House and that is contempt".

And Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable said the government was "on the ropes". 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.

Theresa May said the United Kingdom would enjoy a better future outside the European Union.

A small number of Labour rebels could support her, but the party's official position is to vote against the deal.

MPs' decisions over the next week would "set the course our country takes for decades to come", she said.

The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said MPs were asking for the right to tell ministers what to do if there is a second attempt to get the PM's deal through the Commons. "The Prime Minister can't keep pushing parliament away or avoiding responsible scrutiny".

She said her agreement respected the outcome of the 2016 referendum while protecting vital trading relations with the European Union and insisted the British public wanted closure on the issue.

"Because she stood up there at the G20 and told the world we're going to be signing trade deals with lots of you".

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%. "That is the nature of a negotiation", she said.

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

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