Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

British MPs could 'unilaterally' halt Brexit

British MPs could 'unilaterally' halt Brexit

Ministers will be forced to publish the government's full legal advice on the deal after MPs found them in contempt of Parliament for issuing a summary.

Legislators in the House of Commons found the government in contempt of Parliament for refusing to publish in full the advice it had received from the country's top law officer about the terms of Britain's departure from the EU.

The government reacted to the defeat by saying it would published the "final and full" advice on Wednesday.

It is still not clear what would happen if the proposed agreement is voted down by Parliament, but an amendment put forward by former Attorney General Dominic Grieve suggests the possibility of "no deal" is now less likely.

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.

"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).

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

He added: "I think there may be a whisper and a scintilla of an idea that somehow the Government wasn't deeply glooming about the fact that this might bully one or two into voting for the arrangement".

This could open the door for the Commons to throw its weight behind a Norway-style soft Brexit, or even a second European Union referendum, though prominent Leave-backing MPs questioned whether any such vote would be binding on ministers.

But the deal still needs to be passed by a majority of British MPs in Parliament.

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The Conservative leader was set to tell MPs in a speech later on Tuesday that the deal "delivers for the British people".

Advocate General Campos Sanchez-Bordona said he believed Britain could revoke Article 50 without agreement from other European Union states.

We've tested the opinion of the House twice on this very serious subject.

May's Northern Irish allies, the Democratic Unionist Party, which prop up her minority government, went further.

May faces an uphill struggle to secure Parliament's approval in a vote on December 11, when many Brexit supporters and opponents alike say they will reject her vision for leaving the EU, Britain's biggest shift in foreign policy in over 40 years.

But it does highlight how little control May's fragile minority government has over MPs ahead of next Tuesday crucial vote.

The EU Withdrawal Agreement covers a settlement of £39 billion (US$49.8 billion) that Britain will have to play for leaving.

"Which is why having reflected on her view I took the decision to vote against my own amendment when it was presented to this House because I listened to what she had to say to me".

Opening debate on the deal she struck in Brussels last month, Mrs May warned: "Don't imagine that if we vote this down another deal is going to miraculously appear".

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