In advance of the start of the five day Brexit debate, the House of Commons debated and voted on a motion tabled by Keir Starmer (shadow secretary of state for exiting the European Union) on parliamentary privilege.

As a result of yesterday’s votes (272 & 273 below) the government was found to be in contempt of parliament for not publishing “… the final and full legal advice provided by the Attorney General to the Cabinet concerning the EU Withdrawal Agreement and the framework for the future relationship, and orders its immediate publication.”

The third vote of the afternoon (274) will allow parliament to have a say in what happens if the Brexit deal is not approved on Tuesday 11 December.

Reading MPs Matt Rodda and Alok Sharma voted in opposite directions on all three opportunities.

Bill and divisionMatt RoddaAlok SharmaAyesNoesResult
Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement legal advice)
Division 272, (4 December)
(Withdrawal Agreement legal advice)
Division 273, (4 December)
Business of the House
(European Union (Withdrawal) Act) Amendment d
Division 274, (4 December)

  1. Hansard Online
  2. Parliament Online
  3. Alok Sharma home page, Twitter page, at Hansard and They Work For You
  4. MP expenses at the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
  5. Matt Rodda home page,Twitter page, at Hansard and They Work For You
  6. What do the commons defeats mean for Brexit? – BBC