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Government publishes Brexit legal advice in full

Government publishes Brexit legal advice in full

The chair of the 1922 Committee had earlier praised the PM's efforts in getting the Withdrawal Agreement drafted.

Another fellow Cabinet minister, global trade secretary Liam Fox, also backed the deal, warning there was a "natural "Remain" majority" in Parliament and any attempt to overturn the 2016 referendum vote in favour of Brexit would be a "democratic affront". "I don't think there should be another referendum".

Theresa May said: "I've been speaking to factory workers in Scotland, farmers in Wales and people right across the country, answering their questions about the deal and our future".

Asked what his preferred solution to the Brexit question would be, the BBC QT public member responded: "I want to see happen what was put on that ballot form, which was a choice between Remain in the European Union or Leave the EU".

It comes after Mrs May delivered her opening address on Tuesday, a week before MPs are set vote on whether to pass her deal on December 11.

Mr Brady's comments came as Theresa May has made a last-ditch attempt to rally MPs behind her Brexit deal after suffering the historic humiliation of seeing her government found in contempt of Parliament.

In legal advice the government was forced to publish on Wednesday, the government's top lawyer warned there was a risk Britain could get stuck in "protracted and repeating rounds of negotiations" to reach a deal to supersede the backstop.

The prime minister's DUP allies - along with Tory MPs Philip Hollobone and Peter Bone - joined opposition parties in the unprecedented move.

Brexit, the United Kingdom's biggest economic and political shift since World War Two, has repeatedly plunged British politics into crisis since the shock 2016 vote to leave the EU.




Before the prime minister appeared at the despatch box, her government had gone down to defeat for the third time in an hour. Only this morning, Andrea Leadsom, Leader of the House of Commons, told the Radio 4 Today programme that it was a "very important breach" of centuries of convention of legal privilege to publish legal advice in this way.

He said in recent months there had been "as much leadership on the backbenches as there had been on the front" singling out key battles on Brexit legislation detail from Tory Dominic Grieve and Labour MP Hilary Benn.

According to BuzzFeed, Downing Street advisers have urged Theresa May to consider a second referendum or a softer Brexit as options, as her team work out the best response to her deal being rejected.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said that the 33-paragraph document revealed "the central weaknesses in the Government's deal".

"The prime minister can't keep pushing Parliament away or avoiding responsible scrutiny".

Opening a third day of debate, Mr Hammond told the Commons a no-deal Brexit would be "too bad to contemplate".

They said that the country would be less safe if it lost access to databases that were used by police to track terrorists and criminals.

"The vote will take place on Tuesday as planned", May's spokeswoman said.

He placed a 10 percent probability on a no-deal Brexit, down from 20 percent, and a 50 percent probability on an orderly Brexit, down from 60 percent.


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