Government found in contempt of parliament and must publish Brexit legal advice

Theresa May

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.

The government will publish its full legal advice on Theresa May's Brexit deal after MPs found it in contempt of Parliament for not doing so.

The House of Commons voted 311-293 in favour of a motion by opposition parties censuring the government for failing to reveal the full guidance from Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, despite an earlier vote by Parliament calling them to do so.

Only hours before the vote, Mrs May had told Cabinet that "candid" legal advice given to ministers must remain confidential, despite a Commons vote last month demanding its publication in "final and full" form.

Critics of the government said they suspect the advice will reveal the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox's misgivings about the Brexit agreement.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is due to address Parliament Tuesday, opening five days of debate before a December 11 vote on the divorce agreement.

"We have therefore been left with no option but to write to the speaker of the House of Commons to ask him to launch proceedings of contempt", Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said.

Few in the House of Commons, the lower house, seemed to have been won over on Monday.

A cross-party motion was filed by a group of MPs, including Labour, DUP, Lib Dems, SNP.

"We have listened carefully and in light of the expressed will of the House, we will publish the final and full advice provided by the attorney general to cabinet", Leadsom told parliament.

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The government lost the critical vote by 311 votes to 293, a stinging defeat for May at the beginning of a week of votes on issues related to Brexit.

She said the Government, which had sought to slow down the process by referring the issue to Parliament's Committee of Privileges, had fulfilled the spirit of the order to publish.

Nigel Farage told his LBC audience he will be looking for Mr Cox's advice to the Prime Minister on her deal's capability to allow the United Kingdom to strike new trade deals around the world.

Reflecting on her personal journey, May added: "I have spent almost two years negotiating this deal".

If that happens, the government is required to come back within 21 days and say what it plans to do.

Soft-liners are against the deal because they believe that it won't secure the closest possible British-EU political and economic ties.

Advocate General Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona told the European Court of Justice that EU law "allows the unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU".

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable repeated calls for a second European Union referendum, saying: "Theresa May's majority has evaporated and the credibility of her deal is evaporating with it". Moreover, the European Union has said it will not renegotiate the deal.

May's spokesman, James Slack, said the opinion didn't change "the clear position of the government that Article 50 is not going to be revoked".

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

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