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's the start of a difficult few days for Theresa May as she faces the daunting task of twisting Parliament's arm over her Brexit deal. The British Prime Minister has five days of debate in Parliament before the so-called meaningful votes on December 11th. When she hopes to convince her peers that her deal is the best deal for the UKs EU departure.
May faces fierce criticism from not only within her own party, but from Brexit supporters and opposers alike. And proceedings didn't start well, as lawmakers found the government in contempt of Parliament, for failing to publish its full legal advice on Brexit. That will now be released. Tuesday also began with the EU's top legal advisor opening up a new front in the battle, saying Britain has the power to halt the Brexit process altogether, and that May would not need clearance from the EU to revoke Article 50.
Music to the hears of campaigners who are fighting for Britain to remain in the EU. For now though, May is pressing on nonetheless.>> It is the duty, I believe, of this Parliament. It is the duty of us as politicians to deliver on the result of the vote that the British people gave in 2016 in the referendum.
>> If May overcomes the odds and wins the Parliament votes, Britain will leave the EU on March 29th on the terms rubber stamped by Brussels, marking its greatest trade and foreign policy shift in over 40 years. She has warned lawmakers that if they fail to back her, Britain could crash out of the EU, risking economic chaos.
During the next five days, the strength of the opposition will be laid bare.