British Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered humiliating defeats at parliament while beginning debate on her plans to leave the European Union before the main vote on Dec. 11.
The start of the five-day debate on May’s Brexit deal was delayed by several hours on Tuesday as MPs passed a historic motion finding the government in contempt of parliament by refusing to publish a full legal advice on the deal.
The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, described the setback a “badge of shame” for May’s government.
“By treating parliament with contempt, the government has proved it has lost its majority and the respect of the house. The prime minister can’t keep pushing parliament away or avoiding responsible scrutiny,” Starmer said.
In addition, a group of her own Conservative Party lawmakers managed to win a challenge that allows the handing of more power to the House of Commons if the Brexit deal is voted down. That will make…