Dec 4, 2018 - World

Theresa May's government found in contempt of Parliament

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British Prime Minister Theresa May's government has been found in contempt of Parliament for the first time in history in a 311-293 vote in the House of Commons after a refusal to publish its full legal analysis on Brexit. Andrea Leadsom, leader of the Commons, announced immediately after the vote that the government would publish the complete document.

Why it matters: The BBC's political correspondent Iain Watson said that the loss was "an unwelcome distraction rather than a disaster" for May, but it highlights just how incredibly difficult it will be to get the Commons to back her Brexit deal — and potentially, her premiership — in next week's critical "meaningful vote" on the issue.

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