Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

British government forced to back down in Brexit legal advice row

British government forced to back down in Brexit legal advice row

"UltImately the Government must give a final say through a People's Vote, with the option to remain in the European Union".

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom announced the Government will publish the "final and full" legal advice provided by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal tomorrow.

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.

They put forward a motion, which was backed by 311-293 in a vote, that found ministers in contempt of Parliament and ordered the immediate publication of the advice.

The unprecedented defeat was compounded when the government lost another key vote on the power MPs would have if May's Brexit deal is voted down next Tuesday.

In yet another blow to Theresa May's Brexit plans, MPs voted on Tuesday in favour of getting a "meaningful vote" if the Prime Minister's proposals are voted down.

The vote has little direct impact on the Brexit debate, but reflects mounting tension between the government and Parliament over the next steps in the U.K.'s exit.

Critics of Brexit suspect that these documents must contain predictions that Brexit will not go as well as May's government has been predicting, since they were not released immediately.

May planned open the debate by arguing that members of Parliament must back the agreement to deliver on the voters' decision to leave the European Union and "create a new role for our country in the world".

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

The Labour Party and others, including the DUP, said that the vote is so important for the future of the country that lawmakers should be able to see any detailed legal warnings concerning parts of the withdrawal agreement.

"But the reality remains that we have an unsatisfactory procedure to resolve differences of opinion in this House, if and obviously, it's an if, we come to a point where the Government does not succeed on its motion and the opportunity exists this afternoon to cure that anomaly".

The first day of debate has been overshadowed by concerns surrounding the government's legal advice on May's Brexit deal - which was not published in full and shared with government officials.

But that was not true, given the House of Commons vote, the advocate general said.

It's an embarrassing defeat for Theresa May's government, who now face five days of Brexit debate, before the crunch vote on the deal agreed with the European Union on December 11. "But I didn't play to gallery, I focused on getting a deal, that honours the referendum, sets us on course for a bright future and I did so through painstaking hard work".

One of those to back the motion, Oliver Letwin, said he believed the majority opinion of the Commons was that a no-deal exit would be "catastrophic" for the UK.

"This is a bad failure of negotiation by this Government", he added.

"I promise you today that this is the very best deal for the British people and I ask you to back in the best interest of our constituents and our country".

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

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