Anne Main raises concerns about the validity of legally binding agreements

7th January 2019

Anne Main raises concerns at the validity of legally binding agreements relating to the Withdrawal Agreement and calls on the Government to offer legal advice to reassure MPs before the Brexit vote.

The Secretary of State mentioned legally binding agreements. Will the Attorney General be coming to the House to be challenged on how legally binding some of the agreements will be? Those of us who are sceptical about having agreements rather than things written in law would like to have some of the legal advice we have already explored explained to us in the House.

My hon. Friend is a very experienced Member, and she will know that it is the House that governs its business. As happened with the previous statement, the business is shaped by business motions and what the House does. It is not normal practice—this has been an issue for successive Governments—for legal advice to be published. There are very good reasons for that, which the Attorney General set out, but ultimately the House controls its own business.

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