UK's May says she'll still have job after big Brexit vote

Leading Brexiter Liam Fox urges support for May’s deal | Financial Times

Theresa May's attempt to sell her Brexit deal to skeptical lawmakers was torpedoed before it had even begun, as opposition parties were granted an emergency debate on whether her government is in contempt of Parliament for refusing to release legal advice about her deal.

"Instead, there must be a recognition that, if the PM's deal is defeated..."

The Conservative leader will open the first day of the debate, insisting her deal is the only option for a smooth Brexit in March.

The UK government may have broken Parliamentary rules by not publishing Brexit legal advice, the Commons Speaker has said.

The Devon MP went on: "I ask the House to understand that it is only that consideration that is motivating me and this Government in declining at this stage to break the convention that applies to both sides of the House when they are in government".

May is pressing on nonetheless.

"The British people want us to get on with a deal that honours the referendum", the Prime Minister will say. On Monday they delivered petitions to Downing Street signed by one million people.

But minutes before Parliament was due to rise Monday evening, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow announced he agreed there was an "arguable case" that ministers were in contempt.

"Yes, of course the public is entitled to see the legal advice from the attorney general to the prime minister", he wrote. Her former Brexit minister David Davis said flatly: "This is not Brexit".

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"You would need the government to actually table a proposal, have a vote in favour of it, which would require cross-party support", Nick Wright, a fellow in European Union politics at University College London, told AFP.

Kerry, who replaced Hillary Clinton as President Barack Obama's foreign policy supremo in the wake of the Benghazi fiasco in 2012, offered his implicit support to Prime Minister Theresa May's "worst deal in history" with the European Union - which keeps the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland open by surrendering large swathes of the former's economy to European Union control under a so-called "backstop" arrangement - in an interview with the BBC's Sunday Politics Northern Ireland programme.

The backstop is intended as a temporary measure, but pro-Brexit lawmakers say it could leave Britain tied to the European Union indefinitely and unable to strike new trade deals around the world.

But the compromise deal, which ministers openly say is not ideal, has done little more than strengthen opposition at the hardline edges of the debate.

Over 100 Tory MPs are reportedly likely vote against the withdrawal agreement next week, according to lists compiled by Buzzfeed News and the Guardian. She heads a minority government that for its survival relies on the support of a quirky, socially conservative Northern Ireland Party, the DUP, which is threatening to withdraw support.

May's job looks to be on the line.

Theresa May seems to have finally found a way to unite Remainers and Leavers - unfortunately for her it is in opposition to her Brexit deal.

Pro-EU lawmakers have also put forward another amendment to block the deal and to rule out a no-deal Brexit.

We are writing to request that you consider giving precedence to a motion being placed before the House of Commons that the Government has held Parliament in contempt. Speaking at the G-20 summit, Abe urged May "to avoid no deal, as well as to ensure transparency, predictability as well as legal stability in the Brexit process".

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