Brexit: Theresa ac­cused of mislead­ing MPs over deal

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Lon­don, UK - Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May was ac­cused on Wed­nes­day of mislead­ing MPs over her Brexit deal as her govern­ment pub­lished le­gal ad­vice likely to in­crease op­po­si­tion to the agree­ment ahead of a cru­cial vote next week.

Scot­tish Na­tional Party (SNP) law­maker Ian Black­ford was twice rep­ri­manded by the House of Com­mons speaker for sug­gest­ing May had mis­led MPs ‘in­ad­ver­tently or oth­er­wise’, be­fore with­draw­ing the claim.

Theresa replied that she had al­ways been clear about the im­pli­ca­tions of the deal’s pro­vi­sions on North­ern Ire­land, which risk keep­ing Bri­tain tied to the EU’s eco­nomic rules for years af­ter leav­ing next March.

But she em­pha­sised nei­ther side wanted this to hap­pen, and re­peated that the with­drawal agree­ment struck with Brus­sels last month was the only vi­able op­tion.

“I be­lieve that the deal we have ne­go­ti­ated is a good deal,” she said, adding, “I’m con­tin­u­ing to lis­ten to col­leagues on that and con­sid­er­ing a way for­ward.”

Theresa on Tues­day suf­fered a se­ries of stun­ning de­feats in par­lia­ment which threaten her govern­ment and ul­ti­mately could change the course of Brexit.

She ef­fec­tively lost her ma­jor­ity in the Com­mons af­ter the North­ern Ir­ish party on which she re­lies sided with the Labour party to find her min­is­ters in con­tempt of par­lia­ment for fail­ing to pub­lish in full the le­gal ad­vice on the Brexit deal.

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