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Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:34 am on 29th November 2018.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General 10:34 am, 29th November 2018

As I think most hon. and right hon. Members know, the role of the Attorney General is to be the Government’s chief legal adviser. He has a role in advising the Cabinet. He is not a member of the Cabinet but he attends Cabinet. The advice that might or might not be given can assist in collective Cabinet decision making. He is the lawyer, and his client is the Government. That lawyer-client relationship allows for the lawyer to provide impartial and proper legal advice, unencumbered by political considerations. That is why the convention exists. That is why it must be maintained.