Brexit: Theresa accused of misleading MPs over deal
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.