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May accused of 'misleading' Parliament as Brexit legal advice published

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UK was accused of "misleading Parliament" as the full legal advice on her deal was published on Wednesday, a day after her ministers were found in for providing only a legal overview of the deal.

A crunch vote on May's deal is scheduled to take place next week while her ministers continued with attempts to win over rebel MPs on the Prime Minister's agreement, with eight hours of debate on the security and immigration aspects of the pact.

In the documents, the said the proposed backstop arrangement with the EU to prevent a hard Irish border could "endure indefinitely".

He said the UK would not be able to "lawfully exit" the arrangement without a subsequent political agreement and this could lead to stalemate.

The said May had "concealed the facts" after the advice came out. However, the rejected the accusation, saying the legal position had been set out clearly.

The British agreed to publish the full advice after being found in contempt of the Parliament by an vote on Tuesday.

The Irish backstop, a key feature of the EU withdrawal agreement, would see the whole of the UK remain in a single customs territory with the EU until their future relationship was sorted out, the reported.

The Democratic Unionists said the legal viewpoint was "devastating" for May's prospects of getting the backing of MPs for her deal in the vote on December 11.

The said that the Attorney General's analysis of the deal, that was published on Monday, was adequate and disclosing the full advice would be against the national interest.

While the UK would have no unilateral right to withdraw from the backstop -- a measure designed to prevent the return of physical checks on the Irish border -- May insisted neither the UK nor the EU wanted the backstop to come into force in the first place, according to the

Labour said the advice showed the "central weakness" of the Prime Minister's Brexit deal while the said it would leave the UK trapped in a "Brexit hamster wheel".

The suffered three embarrassing defeats on Tuesday on the role that MPs will play if May's deal is rejected as well as the disclosure of the legal advice.

warned there was a risk of Parliament trying to "steal Brexit from the British people" if May's agreement was rejected.



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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 20:36 IST