Monday 3 December 2018 / 10:35 PM Brexit / Keir Starmer

Labour leads cross-party alliance to table motion of contempt on Government ministers over Brexit legal advice

Labour has tonight led a cross-party alliance to table a motion of contempt on Government ministers for failing to publish the final and full legal advice provided by the Attorney General to the Cabinet.

The motion follows a letter of complaint that was sent to the Speaker earlier today by Labour, the SNP, Liberal Democrats, DUP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party. The Speaker subsequently ruled to give precedence to a debate of contempt against the Government being held tomorrow.

The cross-party motion would find ministers of being in contempt of Parliament and demands the immediate publication of the the final and full legal advice.

Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, said:

“We have given ministers numerous opportunities to comply with the order of Parliament and to release the Attorney General’s full and final legal advice on the Government’s Brexit deal. However, they have refused to do so.

“We have therefore been left with no option but to press ahead with contempt proceedings. This is not about party politics. It’s about parliamentary democracy and guaranteeing that MPs have the information they need to know precisely what the Government has negotiated with the European Union.

“Even at this eleventh hour, I would urge ministers to step back from the brink and to not go down in history as the first Government to be found in contempt.”