Sammy Wilson: Brexit legal advice will prove Theresa May is a liar

Leroy Wright
December 3, 2018

The Northern Irish party is reportedly prepared to risk a general election and Jeremy Corbyn-led government in order to torpedo the prime minister's Brexit deal with the European Union.

Now the DUP is preparing to withdraw its support for the prime minister in such a vote if, as expected, MPs vote to reject her Brexit deal next week, according to The Times.

The prime minister's refusal to release the full advice prompted Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party - which has propped up Mrs May's government since the general election in 2017 - to accuse her of having "something to hide".

The two-part agreement includes the legally binding terms of the UK's departure and an ambitious but vague declaration about future relations between the two sides.

Both leaders said they looked forward to working more closely together on trade in the future, including the possibility of Britain joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

"If they don't produce it tomorrow, then we will start contempt proceedings, and this will be a collision course between the government and parliament", said the senior opposition lawmaker.

Gyimah is the seventh member of May's Conservative government to quit over the Brexit deal.

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MPs are particularly concerned about the backstop element of May's deal because it would keep the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU after Brexit indefinitely, with no fixed end date or unilateral right to get out of it. She said Britain would develop its own sat-nav system, at an estimated cost of several billion pounds (dollars).

◙ A YouGov poll released today by the People's Vote campaign, which is calling for a fresh referendum on the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union, found support for remaining in the bloc stood at 55 per cent - the highest result found by the polling group since the original vote in 2016.

Before the December 11 vote, Labour is also trying to force May to publish confidential advice from the country's top law officer about the Brexit deal.

At a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina, Abe praised May for reaching a deal with the EU.

Japanese automakers Honda and Nissan have warned that new tariffs or other trade barriers with the European Union would damage their competitiveness of their British factories, which employ thousands of people.

Environment secretary Gove, said on Sunday that a second referendum "would undermine our democracy", and predicted that if it were held, people would vote to leave "in even greater numbers". Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has already dismissed anxieties over a no-deal Brexit by comparing them to fears over the Millennium bug, while former Brexit secretary David Davis declared that "I don't find "no deal" intimidating at all". They are keenly aware that such a move might precipitate a general election - unleashing a furious public on them at the very moment of crisis - and even calls for a second referendum, a prospect the Brexiteers must view with particular horror. "In politics, as in life, you can't always get everything that you want".

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