Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

MPs find Government in contempt of Parliament in historic vote

MPs find Government in contempt of Parliament in historic vote

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.

He revealed he had received a letter from Mr Cox "within the last 10 minutes" and announced the contempt motion would be discussed just before the first debate on the Brexit divorce deal.

"It is, I think unprecedented for this House to find government ministers in contempt".

The prime minister was back in parliament again on Monday - her fourth appearance in six days - to update MPs on her 28,000 mile round trip to the G20 summit in Argentina.

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.

There is no requirement for the government to share legal advice on new policies, nor is there precedent for legal advice to be routinely published.

Commons Speaker John Bercow said there had been an "arguable case that a contempt has been committed" and ruled MPs should debate the issue today (Tuesday).

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May then took to her feet to try to argue for her deal's merits.

Twenty-five Conservative MPs rebelled to support Tory former minister Dominic Grieve's amendment created to give Parliament a greater say on Brexit plans if the Government's EU Withdrawal Agreement is rejected next week, according to the division list.

"By treating Parliament with contempt, the Government has proved it has lost its majority and the respect of the House".

It was not clear whether the Opposition parties would now push for that.

"Government has always behaved in that way and actually if Government starts to have to publish every bit of legal advice it gets that is going to put us at a serious disadvantage when it comes, for example, to dealing with court cases with third parties".

Fears are mounting within government that the defeat could be so heavy it would deliver a fatal blow to the Prime Minister and she might be better off approaching Brussels to secure improved terms before MPs vote.

Tory MP Anne Marie Morris Newton Abbot earlier intervened on Mrs May to suggest her deal would mean the United Kingdom would be "stuck with the same rule base that we have in the EU".

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