The committee’s 24-16 contempt vote, taken after hours of debate that featured apocalyptic language about the future of American democracy, marked the first time that the House has taken official action to punish a government official or witness amid a standoff between the legislative and executive branch.
From May to the Corbynite Momentum lobby, what all the Remainers want is to narrow things down to that false choice between the government’s Remain-by-another-name and outright remaining in the EU. The meaningful Brexit which millions of Leave voters backed can thus be erased from the agenda and history, as if it never happened. And they talk about defending democracy.
The private intervention comes at a fractious time for the party, as the leadership agonises over what its tactics should be if Theresa May loses a vote on the Brexit deal in parliament.
McCluskey is an influential figure in the party and several of Corbyn’s most trusted staff are former Unite members and close to the union leader, including the party’s general secretary, Jennie Formby, the adviser Andrew Murray and the chief of staff, Karie Murphy.
What a tsunami of rage politicians would unleash by ignoring the democratic rights of millions on the winning side of the biggest vote in British history
Theresa May has been accused of “concealing” the downsides of her Brexit deal after secret legal advice revealed that the UK could be “indefinitely” tied to the EU.
The DUP, SNP and Tory Brexiteers reacted with fury as the confidential advice by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox laid bare that the country would be trapped in a possible customs union for “many years”.
These six pages are the source of the battle that saw MPs find the Government in contempt of Parliament for the first time in modern history.
Buried in the small text it confirms that even if Britain is still negotiating with the EU years later and both parties think talks have broken down, then the UK still can’t get out of the customs union backstop
Newly published documents show the PM was told an arrangement designed to prevent a hard Irish border could last „indefinitely“ and the UK could not „lawfully exit“ without EU agreement.
The Democratic Unionists said this would be „devastating“ for the UK.
But Mrs May rejected SNP claims she has misled Parliament on the issue.
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Generalstaatsanwalt Geoffrey Cox hatte die Weigerung noch am Vorabend im Unterhaus damit begründet, dass eine vollständige Vorlage „dem öffentlichen Interesse“ entgegenstünde und Staatsgeheimnisse offenbaren würde. Daraufhin hatten aufgebrachte Abgeordnete eine Debatte über Parlamentsmissachtung angesetzt.
Wenige Tage vor der Entscheidung des britischen Parlaments über den Brexit-Vertrag hat die Regierung von Theresa May eine große Zahl von Abgeordneten verärgert.
May wollte ihre Zusage, ein juristisches Gutachten zum Brexit-Vertrag in voller Länge zu veröffentlichen, wieder rückgängig machen.
Dagegen begehren die Abgeordneten nun auf – und sorgen so für eine Sternstunde der Demokratie.
By 321 votes to 299 the Government was defeated on the vote over Mr Grieve’s amendment, which will allow MPs to vote on amendments to the EU exit deal if it is defeated in next week’s meaningful vote. Mrs May’s Government had already been defeated in two shock votes in the House of Commons this evening as an ongoing contempt row threatens to derail the start of five days of Brexit debate. Mr Grieve’s victory will allow the final Brexit deal to be repeatedly amended – ending Mrs May’s threats of her Brexit deal or no deal.
The full details on the hated Brexit deal will come out tomorrow, laying bare the extent of how awful Mrs May’s agreement really is
– MPs hold ministers in contempt of Parliament for the first time ever today
– Theresa May lost the vote by 311 to 293 in a humiliating defeat for Number 10
– Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said the full advice will be published now
– Caved amid fears minsters could be suspended just as crunch Brexit vote held
– Labour, SNP, Tory rebels and DUP joined forces to inflict the historic defeat
– PM had told Cabinet ministers are defending an ‚important point of principle‘
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Six parties – including Labour and the DUP – claim ministers are in contempt, despite denial from the Conservatives.
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Andererseits hatte Labour schon vor der Rede angekündigt, man behalte sich vor, die Regierung mit einer archaischen Regel unter Druck zu setzen, die höchst selten angewendet wird und in etwa der „Missachtung des Gerichts“ in Strafprozessen gleicht.
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House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has said there is an „arguable case“ that the Government committed contempt of Parliament over the legal advice on Brexit.
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“.
Theresa May faces a bitter test of strength with MPs today as they mount an historic bid to force release of legal advice on her Brexit deal.
The House of Commons will vote on a contempt motion that could plunge the PM’s government further into chaos.
John Bercow, the Speaker, announced last night that he would accept a motion of contempt against the government for failing to comply with a Commons order to publish the advice. The motion, which will be debated today, could result in Geoffrey Cox, the attorney-general, or David Liddington, Mrs May’s de facto deputy, being suspended from parliament.
A cross-party alliance of MPs has written to Speaker John Bercow calling on him to launch proceedings
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