British Government Loses Key Parliament Vote On Brexit

British Government Loses Key Parliament Vote On Brexit

Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom confirmed that the government would respond promptly on Wednesday.

Britain's government suffered a stinging rebuke from MPs ahead of Tuesday's (Dec 4) momentous Brexit debate, exposing Prime Minister Theresa May's lack of support in parliament.

The Government said after the vote that it would now publish the full advice.

MPs backed a move that could put Parliament in the driving seat if the Brexit deal is rejected on December 11 by giving the Commons the power to amend a motion that Mrs May would be required to make within the following 21 days to set out the Government's next steps.

May was set to kick off five days of debates later on Tuesday by saying her vision of a future apart from the other 27 European Union member states reflected the wishes of voters.

Labour Party Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer accused the government of "willfully refusing to comply with a binding order of this House".

Their victory means that for the first time in history government ministers have been found guilty of the ancient offence, which involves any attempt to obstruct the working of parliament.

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Following Tuesday's vote, the privileges committee will decide which ministers should be held accountable for this failure and what sanction to apply, with options ranging from a reprimand to a potential suspension from the House of Commons.

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

"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".

- How was the Government found to be in contempt?

Advocate general Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona's non-binding opinion said Article 50 allows the "unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the European Union, until such time as the Withdrawal Agreement is formally concluded".

As she sought the backing of the Commons for her Brexit deal, the prime minister said the United Kingdom would enjoy a "better future" outside the European Union.

Also, an amendment has been passed that gives parliament a greater say on the future direction of Brexit, should the government be defeated on Tuesday.

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

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.

The amendment isn't legally binding - but it carries huge political weight and would be very hard for the government to ignore.

To complicate matters even more, between 50 and 80 hard-line Conservative members of Parliament are likely to reject the deal.

"I'm focusing on ... getting that vote and getting the vote over the line", she said.

Hardline Conservative Brexiteers say May's compromise deal does not represent enough of a break with Brussels.

The EU Withdrawal Agreement covers a settlement of £39 billion (S$68 billion) that Britain will have to play for leaving.

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