Britain’s government at risk of contempt of parliament over Brexit advice

A stall sells Union flags in Westminster, London, Britain, November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party said Prime Minister Theresa May’s government could face contempt of parliament action after only publishing on Monday a summary of the legal advice received on her Brexit deal with the European Union.

The advice is at the centre of a parliamentary battle, with the opposition Labour Party threatening to write to the Speaker of the House of Commons accusing the government of failing to comply with a legally binding vote last month.

The government instead published a 52-page document on Monday, which said Britain could be locked into a full customs union with the bloc to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland unless it is superseded by a new trade deal.

A Labour Party official

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