EU Exit – Legal position

The Government has published material to support public and parliamentary assessment of the deal (Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration). These documents were laid before Parliament. An additional document has been published covering the Government’s legal position on the proposed agreement.

Legal position on the Withdrawal Agreement


Attorney General Geoffrey Cox made a statement to Parliament on his legal advice which was debated by MP’s.

This was followed by calls for the full legal advice he gave to the Cabinet to be published in full before the vote next Tuesday.

Leaders of the opposition parties later wrote to the Speaker asking for a debate on whether the Government has committed contempt by refusing to honour an earlier motion of the House calling for the full legal advice to be presented.

The cross-party motion is as follows:

Sir Keir Starmer (Lab)
Stephen Gethins (SNP)
Tom Brake (Lib Dems)
Nigel Dodds (DUP)
Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Caroline Lucas (Green)

That this House finds Ministers in contempt for their failure to comply with the requirements of the motion for return passed on 13 November 2018, to publish 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 motion is scheduled for debate on the morning of 04 December 2018.