Labour targets Theresa May with contempt proceedings over Brexit

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Next week's parliamentary vote on British Prime Minister Theresa May's deal will go ahead, Interior Minister Sajid Javid says, rejecting media speculation that the government might not go ahead with the vote because they could lose it.

In a letter to the Speaker, signed by shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds and senior MPs from the SNP, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and Green Party, the Government was accused of failing to comply with the vote ordering the publication of the advice.

Earlier, six political parties, including Labour and minority government partners the DUP, teamed up to fight the Conservatives' decision only to publish a summary of the legal advice.

If an MP is found to be in contempt of Parliament, he or she can be suspended or expelled; it is unclear what sanction can be imposed on a government found guilty of contempt of Parliament.

Any punishment suggested would need to be approved by the Commons before being enforced.

He said: 'The principal alternative to the Withdrawal Agreement is for the United Kingdom to remain as a full and influential member of the European Union.

Starmer also said that Labour would press for contempt proceedings against the government if May fails to produce the full legal advice she has received on her Brexit deal.

They say the government has gone back on a binding vote to release "any legal advice in full".

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Mrs May told This Morning: "I'm keen to have a head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn, I hope this actually goes through".

"I hate to say this on ITV but I'm a bit of a Strictly fan".

LONDON - A snap general election could be on its way after the Democratic Unionist Party, which props up Theresa May's government, threatened to trigger a general election in order to kill her Brexit divorce deal.

Labour's latest threat comes as the Sunday Times reports that Cox sent a letter to ministers last month in which he warned that the country could remain in a customs union with the European Union "indifinitely" because of the backstop arrangement.

The government says that if May's deal is voted down there is a risk Britain will exit the European Union with no agreement at all, with serious potential economic consequences.

"Levelling with the public and parliament on Brexit is key to restoring trust in politics, healing divisions and unifying the country behind any preferred outcome", he said on Twitter.

Gyimah said Britain's exclusion from the EU's Galileo programme because of Brexit was a "clarion call", saying it was "only a foretaste of what's to come" in negotiating a future relationship with the bloc.

"This is a move to ramp up pressure on May, she is already under attack from so many avenues and this is just another angle to try and attack her administration and undermine her Brexit deal", Pawel Swidlicki, a Brexit analyst at communications firm Edelman UK, told Al Jazeera. "Thus, following five days of debate (4-6 and 10-11 December), the fate of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal will be decided by a simple majority in the House of Commons on the eve of 11 December".