Theresa May Found in Contempt of Parliament

EU court adviser says UK can exit Brexit as May begins parliament quest

Responding to the result, the ruling Conservative Party's Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom said the government meant to publish the advice on Wednesday.

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 proceedings against the government for contempt of Parliament could potentially result in one or more ministers being suspended or expelled from the House of Commons.

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 sanctions ultimately available include suspending a MP, most likely Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox.

The government suffered another blow just one hour later when parliament also voted in favour of an amendment that will give greater decision-making powers to MPs if, as expected, May's deal is voted down next week.

"Article 50 TEU [Treaty of the European Union] allows the unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU", Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona, an advocate general at the EU court in Luxembourg, said on Tuesday (4 December).

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

"By treating Parliament with contempt, the Government has proved it has lost its majority and the respect of the House", Sir Keir said.

No longer must the will of Parliament - reflecting the will of the people - be diminished.

"This is the deal that delivers for the British people."

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As he presented his motion to the House, Mr Grieve said: "The House will recall that back in last June issues arose about how the House should proceed in the event of the Government's motion being rejected".

Advocate General Campos Sanchez-Bordona stated that Britain could halt the entire process without the agreement of other European Union countries.

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

CRUCIAL VOTE The crucial December 11 vote is likely to decide the shape of Brexit.

"The fact is, during the course of this administration we have won the overwhelming majority of votes that have taken place on the floor of the House of Commons".

Meanwhile, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney hit back at "unfair" criticism, after pro-Brexit MPs accused him of scaremongering.

Mrs May said Britain will leave regardless of any future decision by the EU's top court and that the choice is between her deal or no deal.

Scottish MPs and MEPs had brought the case on Article 50 - a 250-word clause inserted into the EU charter eight years ago, which had never been used until the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union in the summer of 2016.

"I never said this deal was flawless, it was never going to be".

She says her deal will maintain close economic ties with the European Union while enabling Britain to trade more freely with the rest of the world and meet voters' demands to reduce immigration.

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