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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

It is no answer at all; absolutely not. To take an analogy, if the prosecution were to bring proceedings against the hon. Gentleman for an alleged crime and if the court were satisfied that the proceedings were bad through duplicity or lack of clarity, the court would stay those proceedings because they would be improper proceedings. That is what has happened here. There are real concerns about these matters. In these circumstances, if the high court of Parliament wishes to act in a way that is proportionate and fair, the proper outcome is to refer the matter in accordance with the terms set out in the amendment. Those are my representations, Mr Speaker.