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Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Act – in the House of Commons at 12:59 pm on 15th January 2019.

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Photo of Geoffrey Cox Geoffrey Cox The Attorney-General 12:59 pm, 15th January 2019

My right hon. Friend knows what I mean. The airlock metaphor is indicated to demonstrate the distinction that exists. The withdrawal agreement has been negotiated over thousands of hours and is, as he rightly says, the legally binding text and the only legally binding text. It was only ever empowered under article 50 to deal with historic issues and outstanding matters that otherwise would have catapulted citizens, businesses and Governments into legal uncertainty.