Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

MPs vote for Dominic Grieve's Brexit amendment

MPs vote for Dominic Grieve's Brexit amendment

Her spokesman said the cabinet had discussed the motion on Tuesday but maintained that ministers must be able to obtain candid legal advice "without fear that it will be immediately published".

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.

A motion tabled by Labour, the SNP, other opposition parties and the DUP which argued ministers were in contempt due to their failure to fully publish advice given to Cabinet by attorney general Geoffrey Cox was approved by 311 votes to 293, majority 18.

Minutes earlier, the Government's attempt to have the contempt motion kicked into the long grass by referring it to the Committee of Privileges had been defeated by 311 votes to 307, majority four.

"The British people want us to get on with a deal that honours the referendum and allows us to come together again as a country, whichever way we voted", she will tell lawmakers on Tuesday, according to excerpts of her speech.

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

With a crucial vote on the Brexit deal looming on December 11, what does it all mean for the Prime Minister's authority?

What was the legal advice row?

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the finding of contempt was "a badge of shame" for the Government, with "huge constitutional and political significance".

In another sign of the government's weakness, lawmakers also passed an amendment giving Parliament more say over the government's next steps if the divorce deal is rejected in a vote on December 11. 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.

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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.

Mr Grieve said: "Parliament has tonight asserted its sovereignty to ensure that amendments - such as for a People's Vote - can be made to any motion if or when the Government's proposed deal for leaving the European Union has been defeated".

"It's a false choice to say it's the PM's deal or chaos", said Conservative lawmaker Sam Gyimah, who quit as a minister on Friday over May's deal.

"We as 27 have a clear position on fair competition, on fish, and on the subject of the EU's regulatory autonomy, and that forms part of our position for the future relationship talks", said Macron.

She said the "honourable compromise" on offer was "not the one-way street" many had portrayed it to be and that the European Union had made it clear that the agreement would not be improved on. 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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And she will insist: "This is the deal that delivers for the British people". "That is the nature of a negotiation", she said. He asked that the matter be dealt with by next Tuesday, and Speaker Bercow agreed.

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