Cabinet minister could face suspension over Brexit legal advice

Cabinet minister could face suspension over Brexit legal advice

Cabinet minister could face suspension over Brexit legal advice

"I don't want to go down this path", he said, adding: "with nine days to go until this vote, we shouldn't be dealing with contempt of parliament". "I just don't see that happening", Javid told BBC radio.

Neither a "reasoned position statement" nor a document "setting out the Government's legal position" constitute the final and full advice provided by the Attorney General to the Cabinet.

May said, given the EU's decision "to bar the United Kingdom from being fully involved in developing all aspects of Galileo, it is only right that we find alternatives". Conservative MPs were told to abstain after it became clear that the government was not certain of winning the vote when the DUP said it would vote with Labour.

Last month, MPs passed a binding Commons vote which required the government to present any legal advice it had received "in full", something May has ruled out several times. Opposition parties say their representatives will vote against the deal, and so have dozens of lawmakers from May's Conservative Party.

The position statement released on Monday also said the United Kingdom faces paying extra money to the European Union if the implementation period after the March departure date has to be extended.

In a letter to the Speaker, signed by shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds and senior MPs from the SNP, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and Green Party, the Government was accused of failing to comply with the vote ordering the publication of the advice.

The MPs now have to calculate whether they, or Mrs May and her ministers, are more likely to be blamed for the failure should they refuse the deal she is selling (was the parrot dead, or did you kill it?).

But he was also there not just to defend the prime minister, but to try and sell her deal to recalcitrant Conservative MPs by attempting to reassure them that her Brexit compromise - despite having "unattractive, unsatisfying elements" - was not going to trap the United Kingdom into a customs union with the EU forevermore.

If an MP is found to be in contempt of Parliament, he or she can be suspended or expelled; it is unclear what sanction can be imposed on a government found guilty of contempt of Parliament.

"My job is making sure that we do what the public asked us to: We leave the European Union but we do it in a way that is good for them", she told broadcaster ITV.

May said that during her meetings with world leaders she had updated them on the Brexit deal and told them it would be a good deal for the global economy as well as worldwide firms which have invested in Britain or that use European bases to supply the United Kingdom market.

Environment secretary Gove, said on Sunday that a second referendum "would undermine our democracy", and predicted that if it were held, people would vote to leave "in even greater numbers".

Asked if she was "knackered" after a busy schedule trying to convince the public of the benefits of her deal, Mrs May said: "It's a tough time, it's a hard terrible lot of work has had to go into this".

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