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UK PM deliberately withholding Brexit legal documents: Analyst

British Prime Minister Theresa May is deliberately withholding an important legal opinion on her European Union withdrawal agreement to increase the chances of the deal’s approval in Parliament, a political analyst says.

Rodney Shakespeare, an author and academic from London, told Press TV in an interview on Sunday that the legal advice by attorney general Geoffrey Cox is believed to contain some stark warnings about the negative impacts of May’s Brexit deal on Britain’s sovereignty in the future.

“The government is deliberately withholding some very important legal advice. It is rumored that the legal advice says that under the government’s Brexit proposal, the UK could be locked into the EU for ever more,” said Shakespeare.

The expert said members of parliament are now considering a procedure to accuse the prime minister of contempt of parliament if she refuses to publish the legal advice in the days remaining until the parliamentary vote on Brexit on December 11.

He said if lawmakers could prove that May had shown contempt for the House of Commons, there could come some bizarre but serious punishments for the premier based on the parliamentary procedure.

“If they succeed, amongst the penalties will be that the prime minister can be locked up into the clock tower of the parliament. That’s Big Ben, there is a very loud bell there. It could be a form of torture,” said Shakespeare.

He said many might think that the punishment would never be enforced as the Big Ben is currently silent because it is being repaired. However, he said the issue could become more serious as May could be even deprived of food and drink during her time in the clock tower.

“It’s Christmas time, part of the jealousy and funny games which is going to go on in the British parliament over the Christmas period,” he said, adding, “Funny games on the one hand and very, very serious stuff on the other.”


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