Theresa May in showdown with Parliament as Brexit debate opens

Theresa May in showdown with Parliament as Brexit debate opens

MPs are debating whether the Prime Minister failed to comply with a binding Commons vote that required the government to publish attorney general Geoffrey Cox's full legal advice on Mrs May's Brexit deal.

The contempt of parliament motion tabled by Labour and other opposition parties, including PM Theresa May's confidence and supply partners, the DUP, was passed by 311 votes to 293.

It had tried to head off the contempt vote with an amendment that would have sent the issue off to consideration by a parliamentary committee.

They are fighting the government's chief legal adviser's decision to publish just a summary of legal advice on the Brexit divorce deal.

Theresa May will call on MPs to vote for her Brexit divorce deal in order to deliver on the result of the European Union referendum and allow the British people "to come together again as a country".

"Today's finding of contempt is a badge of shame for this Government".

But his words did little to soothe some of the deal's most caustic critics, where many Brexit supporters said the so-called backstop for Northern Ireland risked tying Britain into the EU's customs union indefinitely. "Over 100 Conservative MPs have said they are not going to back the deal, the Labour Party have said they are not going to back the deal".

We did it! Demonstrators celebrate as a suspension of fuel tax hikes is announced
We did it! Demonstrators celebrate as a suspension of fuel tax hikes is announced

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said Tuesday that British consumers could see their weekly supermarket bills up by 10 percent in a worst-case Brexit scenario that involves a 25 percent fall in the value of the pound.

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.

If she loses, May could call for a second vote on the deal.

May hopes that if she forces her deal through parliament, firms that have put off investments and made contingency plans for fear of trade drying up will be able to move forward again.

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".

"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".

It comes as reports have emerged that Government whips have been holding conversations about pulling the all important vote due to be held next Tuesday.

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