UK Gov't Ministers Found in 'Contempt of Parliament' For 1st Time In History
Theresa May's ministers will be forced to publish the Brexit legal advice.
The House of Commons lawmakers have voted 311 to 293, reinforcing the ruling that the Britsh government was in contempt of the Parliamentary procedure for the first time in modern history.
In a massive blow to the government, Theresa May's ministers will be forced to publish the Brexit legal advice.
Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, declared the government would issue the "final and full" legal presented by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox on the Prime Minister's Brexit deal tomorrow.
According to Sputnik: Following hours of debate on Tuesday, the parliamentarians concluded the government was guilty of contempt, or in other words "any act, or failure to act, that may limit or hinder the work of either House of Parliament."
Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary and one of the signatories to the motion said:
"Today's finding of contempt is a badge of shame for this Government. By treating Parliament with contempt, the Government has proved it has lost its majority and the respect of the House."
The passed motion marked the first time in modern history that government ministers were determined guilty of contempt.
House of Commons votes 311 to 293 to approve the privilege motion, finding Ministers in contempt and ordering the immediate publication of the full legal advice on the #Brexit deal. pic.twitter.com/haXVmbH36s— UK House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) December 4, 2018
Today’s finding of contempt is a real low point for this Government. By treating Parliament with contempt, the Government has lost the respect of the House. #ContemptOfParliament pic.twitter.com/VNq5xLczUy— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) December 4, 2018
A cross-party motion was filed by a group of MPs, including Labour, DUP, Lib Dems, SNP. Green Party and Plaid Cymru.
The motion launched the legal proceedings of contempt over ministers providing only an outline of the legal basis for the government's Brexit deal after parliament voted last month to force it to make public the full advice.
Theresa May is facing significant backlash from both the UK public and her own Cabinet over the 'no deal' Brexit.
According to a named source in the UK’s armed forces cited by The Sunday Times, London has tasked troops with developing a plan to prevent an uprising if the country leaves the European Union without a deal.
Theresa May has seen seven high profile resignations as with Labour claims that the Conservative government is a danger of completely dissolving.