Parliamentary oversight of negotiations

Part of Informal European Council – in the House of Commons at 6:30 pm on 6th February 2017.

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Photo of Bill Cash Bill Cash Chair, European Scrutiny Committee 6:30 pm, 6th February 2017

The main point I was making, and I stand by it, is that new clause 3 imposes a legal obligation, enforceable by judicial review, on the Prime Minister effectively—and not just effectively, but actually and legally—to break the confidentiality imposed by, for example, limité documents. As I have said, I do not always subscribe to such degrees of confidentiality, but that is a personal view. The fact is that there is confidentiality, and it is a legal obligation.