As one commentator noted, there really isn’t enough popcorn in the world for the festivities taking place in the House of Commons today (December 4) – starting with the government’s humiliation at being found in contempt of Parliament.
MPs voted to find the government in contempt by a margin of 311 votes to 293.
Theresa May and her advisers must now deliver all legal advice they received before agreeing their Brexit deal with the EU to Parliament – or face the possibility of further sanction.
The Tory government had been in turmoil, desperately trying to defend against the motion that Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox committed the contempt by refusing to provide MPs with the information as demanded by the Commons in a Humble Motion that was approved unanimously on November 13.
Satirists had a field day –
Theresa May tells Parliament ‘I would have shared full legal advice on #Brexit deal but the dog ate it’#Brexshit #BrexitShambles #FBPE #FBR #StopBrexitSaveBritain #StopBrexit #PeoplesVote #BrexitChaos #BrexitAgreementhttps://t.co/GlJ9YIjrxt
— Luke ?? ?️? #FBPE #FBR (@Randombob18) December 4, 2018
– but the serious issue behind it is that Mrs May and her cronies have defied the rule of law. Parliament has supremacy over the government and the government may not ignore Parliament’s will.
Here’s a quick summary of the issue:
IMPORTANT: Today we’re joining forces with all the other parties to prove that the Tories are in contempt of Parliament.
But what does that mean?
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— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) December 4, 2018
Sir Keir Starmer, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, opened the debate by demanding that Parliament rule the government to be in contempt.
He said the issue was whether the government had complied with a binding order of the House to release the Attorney-General’s legal advice.
The government is wilfully refusing to comply with a binding motion of the House and is therefore in contempt, he said.
The House of Commons is a higher authority than the government, he said. Parliament is sovereign, not the executive.'
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