European Union (Withdrawal) Act

Part of Business of the House (Today) – in the House of Commons at 5:18 pm on 12th March 2019.

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Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson Conservative, Uxbridge and South Ruislip 5:18 pm, 12th March 2019

If the hon. Lady will allow me, I will make some progress.

I want to stress this point. I really cannot accept the repeated assertion by the Attorney General in his very powerful speech this afternoon that there is a minimal legal risk of us being trapped in the prison of the backstop, because it is now more than a year since I stood in Downing Street—in No. 10—and was told that there was a minimal legal risk that we would even have to enter the backstop. That is not a view that I believe could now be plausibly defended by the Government.