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MPs find ministers in contempt of Parliament

MPs find ministers in contempt of Parliament”

The British government said they will published the "final and full" advice on Wednesday.

In dramatic scenes at Westminster, the Prime Minister's Democratic Unionist Party allies joined Labour and other opposition parties to inflict defeat on the Government by 311 votes to 293.

He revealed he had received a letter from Mr Cox "within the last 10 minutes" and announced the contempt motion would be discussed just before the first debate on the Brexit divorce deal.

Senior MPs from six parties wrote to Mr Bercow asking him to begin contempt proceedings against the Government after full publication of the attorney general's findings was withheld "in the public interest".

"The British people want us to get on with a deal that honours the referendum and allows us to come together again as a country, whichever way we voted", the Prime Minister will say.

The Government said after the vote that it would now publish the full advice.

May was still due to address parliament later on Tuesday.

With the prime minister's challenge in winning next week's vote looking all but insurmountable, MPs in the deeply-divided House of Commons are increasingly concerned about what happens next.

Parliament is set to begin debating the divorce deal agreed between the government and the European Union tonight (local time), before a vote next Tuesday.

Ms Haddon said the contempt motion was a "show of force" which could foreshadow both the final vote on the deal and the various amendments lawmakers are trying to attach to it. An opposition motion holding the government in contempt of parliament was won by 311 to 293.

Opponents believe the advice will reveal Attorney General Geoffrey Cox's misgivings about the Brexit agreement.

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.

Four Labour MPs voted against the amendment.

He also told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The reality is that the position of the legal advice is a very straightforward and a very longstanding one".

Majority support would mean she can introduce a formal EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill to parliament for consideration and ratification in early 2019.



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