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Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:45 pm on 4th December 2018.

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Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Conservative, Cheltenham 3:45 pm, 4th December 2018

Respectfully, that is not right. My hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford said at the time:

“I am deeply unclear—are you asking for publication of the final advice or of any legal advice in full that has happened during the entire negotiation? [Interruption.] With due respect, I am being asked for my vote regarding the motion on the Order Paper. Are you asking for what is on the Order Paper, which is,

“any legal advice in full”— that is, during the whole negotiation?”—[Official Report, 13 November 2018;
Vol. 649, c. 196.]

At that point, Mr Speaker rightly intervened to ask who my hon. Friend was referring to, and so it went on. The matter was not clear. Given the importance of these proceedings, and the potential impact on one or more individuals, is it not right that the House should be crystal clear about what is on the indictment, so to speak?