UK's Labour will try to topple May if Brexit deal rejected

Erika Holt
December 4, 2018

The UK's opposition Labour Party is pushing to launch contempt of Parliament proceedings against the government over its refusal to publish in full legal advice it received regarding British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan.

Ms Sturgeon said: "It can not - and must not - be a false choice between her proposed deal and a no-deal outcome, which threatens to be utterly disastrous for jobs, business and living standards".

May faces an uphill struggle to secure parliament's approval in a vote on December 11, when many Brexit supporters and opponents alike say they will reject her vision for leaving the EU, Britain's biggest shift in foreign policy in over 40 years.

The Advocate General, the ECJ's top legal advisor, suggests the UK Parliament should have the unilateral ability to revoke the Article 50 exit clause, which the Government triggered previous year and means Britain will leave the European Union on March 29, 2019.

"It is to be published after any withdrawal agreement is reached with the European Union, but in good time to allow proper consideration before MPs are asked to vote on the deal".

After visiting Argentina for a Group of 20 (G-20) summit, Mrs May said yesterday that her meetings with leaders showed that several countries were ready to negotiate trade deals "as soon as possible".

During that period nothing will change and the aim is to agree on a new permanent trade deal with Britain as a non-member of the EU.

But when Mr Schofield asked her if that means "we will be", she replied: "That's up to us".

Gyimah quit the government last week over the terms of May's brokered withdrawal agreement with the EU. His resignation came after May said Britain was abandoning efforts to retain full access to the EU's Galileo satellite navigation system after Brexit.

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"There is no use of baying and shouting from the members opposite".

He was said to have written: "We should not forget that the backstop world, even with a UK-EU customs union, is a bad outcome with regulatory controls needed somewhere between GB and NI, serious and visible frictions and process between GB and the EU, and no security co-operation provided for".

Ms Sturgeon added: "The SNP will lay our amendment to the meaningful vote later this week and we will continue to work with others to build consensus around alternative proposals that would deliver on the vote of the people of Scotland to remain".

Facing down Labour, Conservative and DUP critics, the prime minister will insist the House of Commons must vote for her agreement to "respect the decision of the British people".

The 43-page Legal Position On The Withdrawal Agreement was published after the Government lost a parliamentary vote calling for the full legal advice to be released.

"If you have a certain kind of Brexit with a hard border you could see great difficulties emerge as a effect of that", he claimed.

Mrs May told ITV's This Morning: "At the end of the line it is, I think, about holding our nerve and getting this over the line so we can deliver on Brexit and people can have that better future".

Britain's Environment Secretary Michael Gove arrives at his office in Westminster, London, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.

The Scottish Secretary's warning comes after Mrs May told Tory MPs to "hold their nerve" and back her Brexit deal. Mrs May's DUP allies have hinted they could abandon her in the event of a confidence vote. "In politics, as in life, you can't always get everything that you want".

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