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

The House of Commons has found the government in contempt of parliament for not releasing its legal advice on Brexit despite being instructed to do so by MPs. The result was narrow, with 311 in favour and 293 against. It is the first time a government has ever been held in contempt by parliament, and unquestionably further weakens the authority of Theresa May. The motion tabled by Labour and other opposition parties including the DUP, and debated in the chamber today, found that ministers were in contempt for failing to publish the Attorney General’s “final and full” legal advice on May’s Brexit deal. The advice is thought to be embarrassing for the Prime Minister, particularly on the sticking point of the Irish ‘backstop’. Before voting on the main motion, MPs voted down the government amendment by 311 votes to 307. This did not refute the allegation of contempt but sought to refer the matter to the privileges committee, which would then produce a report, a process that might have

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