Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

British Government Loses Key Parliament Vote On Brexit

British Government Loses Key Parliament Vote On Brexit

Nigel Farage told his LBC audience he will be looking for Mr Cox's advice to the Prime Minister on her deal's capability to allow the United Kingdom to strike new trade deals around the world.

Keir Starmer commented: "Today's finding of contempt is a badge of shame for this government".

A motion by the main opposition Labour Party to find the government in contempt of parliament for failing to publish the advice was passed by 311 MPs in favour to 293 against.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: "MPs expect the publication of the full legal Brexit advice before the debates on the withdrawal deal begin".

Under the terms of the EU Withdrawal Act, the government will have 21 days to come back to parliament with a motion, setting out what it plans to do.

Suspension would rob the government of precious votes ahead of MPs' decision on the Brexit deal in a week's time, with the survival of Theresa May's deal already looking unlikely.

The European Court of Justice's senior legal adviser has indicated that the United Kingdom could simply change its mind and abandon Brexit, without needing the approval of the 27 other EU states. He added: "Theresa May's majority has evaporated, and the credibility of her deal is evaporating with it".

Left-wing Labour said May's defeat next Tuesday would likely trigger a confidence vote to bring down her government.

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.

Tory MPs Peter Bone and Philip Hollobone backed the contempt motion, along with nine MPs from the DUP - who are supposed to be Mrs May's parliamentary allies. "So it looks like the deal won't pass next week".

Our Brexit Insider Facebook group is the best place for up-to-date news and analysis about Britain's departure from the European Union, direct from Business Insider's political reporters. The Bank of England warned last week that a no-deal Brexit could plunge Britain into a severe recession, with the economy shrinking by 8 percent in the months after March 29.

She has toured the country and television studios to try to sell her deal, but a move to present her government's legal advice to Parliament seemed to backfire on Monday.

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve's amendment will make any such statement itself amendable, meaning that MPs can effectively direct the Government on how to respond to the defeat of Mrs May's plans.

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.

It comes after one of the EU's top law officers, the advocate general Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona, stated on Tuesday his advice to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that the United Kingdom could unilaterally stop Brexit by revoking Article 50.

May refused to publish on the basis that such "candid" legal advice given to ministers should be understood to be confidential.

Downing Street insisted that it was "not a final judgment" and "does nothing in any event to change the clear position of the Government that Article 50 is not going to be revoked".

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