Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

'Stalemate': UK government's secret legal advice reveals Brexit fears

'Stalemate': UK government's secret legal advice reveals Brexit fears

Mrs May said: "We have delivered a deal that honours the vote of the British people".

Asked on Today about Labour's stance on the issue given the Advocate General's opinion, she said: "It can't be ruled out because the clock is ticking".

Brexit supporters and May's nominal allies in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party say it could leave Britain forced to accept European Union regulations indefinitely, or Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the United Kingdom.

The Times newspaper reported that senior ministers were urging the prime minister to delay it for fear of a rout.

"And, frankly, I think any parliamentarian who wants at some point in the future to be in Government is going to live to regret their vote last night".

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said the advice on the Withdrawal Agreement from Attorney General Geoffrey Cox would be published on Wednesday morning, after MPs on Tuesday found the Government to be in contempt of Parliament for the first time in modern history.

"But if under the current rules we can not get an election, all options must be on the table".

Supporters of Brexit have said that if Brexit is reversed, the United Kingdom will be thrust into a constitutional crisis as the financial and political elite will have thwarted the democratic will of the people.

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After a string of humiliating parliamentary defeats for May the day before cast new doubt over her ability to get a deal approved, U.S. investment bank J P Morgan said the chances of Britain calling off Brexit altogether had increased.

MPs also backed a move that could put Parliament in the driving seat if the Brexit deal is rejected on December 11 by giving the Commons the power to amend a motion that Mrs May would be required to make within the following 21 days to set out the Government's next steps.

Led by Hugo Swire, the alternative plan would give MPs the chance to vote to extend the transition period at the end of 2022 - rather than falling into the backstop.

But, on a day when Theresa May suffered three Brexit defeats in the Commons - in which ministers agreed to publish the government's full legal advice on the deal - Mr Benyon justified his decision to rebel against his party in search of a "pragmatic" Brexit.

Mr Javid warned that "no matter how effectively" the government prepares for a no-deal Brexit, there would be "consequences" for the UK's security. A source told BuzzFeed News Mrs May's chief of staff Gavin Barwell and chief whip Julian Smith have spoken about the prospect of a second public vote on Brexit.

Brexiteers and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which props up May's government, worry that the proposed deal could leave Britain under European Union regulations indefinitely, or Northern Ireland could be treated differently to the rest of the UK. Another said it was: "Too little, too late".

"The vote will take place on Tuesday as planned", May's spokeswoman said. May will either need to win them back or persuade a substantial number of opposition lawmakers to support the deal, which appears unlikely.

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