Earlier today, six opposition parties – including the DUP – sent a joint letter to Commons Speaker John Bercow calling for proceedings against the government for contempt of Parliament. Contempt of Parliament is a serious offence, carrying custodial penalties for non-MPs and potential expulsion from the House for MPs.
The government has withheld information from Parliament even after being ordered to release it by an uncontested vote of MPs – and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox accepted in the Chamber this evening that he could be expelled for withholding legal advice he gave to Theresa May about her Brexit deal. May and others could also be found liable.
In the last few minutes, Bercow has ruled that there is a case for a contempt finding. A Commons debate will be held tomorrow.
If May and her government are found guilty, it will trigger a major constitutional crisis. Another is likely next week, when Labour will bring a motion of no confidence if and when May fails to get her Brexit deal through Parliament.
In either event, a general election may not be far off.
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