May accused of misleading MPs over Brexit deal

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British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday she may give Parliament a greater role in implementing her controversial Brexit deal as she sought to rescue the agreement from a widely expected defeat.

Gordon Brown, the former United Kingdom prime minister, said there is no chance Theresa May will get her proposed Brexit deal through parliament next week and suggested the current PM could lose her job over it.

Opening the third day of debate in the House of Commons over the European Union withdrawal agreement, the chancellor accepted that leaving the European Union would have an economic cost but added that the deal Mrs May had negotiated "minimises that cost".

The events of December 4, not just the contempt of parliament motion, but also the success of MP Dominic Grieve's amendment that means parliament will have a say in what happens should Theresa May lose the vote on the withdrawal agreement on December 11, show that parliament is beginning to reassert itself.

"In global law, the protocol would endure indefinitely until a superseding arrangement took its place", Cox said in the document, further stating that the protocol would continue even if negotiations broke down between the two sides.

"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".

In June 2016, the British people voted to take back control, and it is their democratic right to expect this from the negotiations.

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said: "Having reviewed the Attorney General's legal advice, it's obvious why this needed to be placed in the public domain".

The proceedings against the government for contempt of parliament could potentially result in one or more ministers being suspended or expelled from the House of Commons.

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.

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"If this deal does not get the necessary support in the House of Commons, I am sure that Brexit will be discussed among the leaders in December".

"If she is short of 15, 30 or 40 votes, we could think of a gesture to let her try again", said one European Union official.

That could range from giving more time for May to find other ways to convince the parliament, to even helping Britain halt the Brexit process altogether, as many European Union leaders have regularly said would be their ultimate preferred option.

She has toured the country and television studios to try to sell her deal, but a move to present her government's legal advice to parliament seemed to backfire.

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

Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis told Yahoo Finance UK: "We are preparing for the deal".

"She is now talking to colleagues, and listening to them", said Alison Donnelly, May's spokeswoman. Another said it was: "Too little, too late".

The announcement came amid suggestions from ministers that she should find ways to avoid losing the vote, which could bring down the government, or see Britain leave the bloc without a deal.

"We now think the chances of both a no-deal Brexit (10%) and that of the current/similar deal being passed (50%) have fallen and that the probability of remaining in the EU/EEA solution (40%) has risen", Buckley and his team said.

Those calling for a second referendum "want that because they hope there is going to be a different answer - I don't think that's right", she said.

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