United Kingdom government publishes full Brexit legal advice
Dec 07 2018
Pressure is piling further on Prime Minister Theresa May after a poll revealed that her Brexit deal was supported in just two parliamentary constituencies across the whole UK - Tory-held Broxbourne and Christchurch.
"Now, there are pros and cons of both sides of that". I don't think a second referendum is either.
The adjustment would mean Parliament would have to approve a decision to trigger the backstop arrangement or extend the transition period beyond December 2020.
"Overwhelmingly, the message I've heard is that people want us to get on with it".
"If we get to the point where it might be needed, we have a choice as to what we do, so we don't even have to go into the backstop at that point".
According to the latest betting odds, Jeremy Corbyn, the left-wing leader of the opposition - Labour, Brown's former party - is the favourite to become Britain's next prime minister.
May has repeatedly said if lawmakers reject her deal with Brussels, which would see Britain exit the European Union on March 29 with continued close ties, the only alternatives are leaving without a deal or reversing Brexit.
The unprecedented contempt vote was prompted by the government's refusal to publish the full legal advice, despite having previously accepted a parliamentary motion directing it to do so.
One estimate in The Guardian newspaper has the prime minister suffering a huge defeat of nearly 200 votes.
Her interview came as the third of a five-day debate began.
MPs had already voted down a government compromise, which would have referred the dispute to Parliament's privileges committee, delaying it until after next week's crunch vote on May's deal.
A group of MPs who want a more definitive break from the European Union than envisaged by Mrs May's plan said the government had invited senior lawmakers to a briefing on Thursday at its emergency planning body on the impact of a no-deal Brexit. "We respect democratic and parliamentary debate within the United Kingdom", he said, but added: "Everybody needs to do their bit, take on their responsibilities".
"The prime minister can't keep pushing Parliament away or avoiding responsible scrutiny".
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, also tried to quash the hopes of anyone who thought another deal with the EU might be possible.
Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme whether she was prepared to delay a vote she is expected to lose, May said: "No".
"The fact is, during the course of this administration we have won the overwhelming majority of votes that have taken place on the floor of the House of Commons".
The DUP says it will vote against the deal but would support May in a vote of confidence if the deal fails. We need to be honest with ourselves, the alternatives to this deal are no deal or no Brexit'. In the other famous disclosure of advice to the government over the Iraq War disclosed in 2005, though Lord Goldsmith was the attorney general at the time, it was the now-former LSE law professor and worldwide law expert Christopher Greenwood QC who actually wrote the advice.
"I believe that the deal we have negotiated is a good deal", she said, adding: "I'm continuing to listen to colleagues on that and considering a way forward".
Under the plans, European Union nationals already in the country will still be able to apply for settled status meaning they will enjoy similar rights to those they have today in a no deal.
Treasury chief Philip Hammond told lawmakers Thursday that it was "simply a delusion" to think that a better Brexit deal can be renegotiated and that a no-deal Brexit would be "too terrible to contemplate".