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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:40 pm on 25th March 2019.

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Photo of Bill Cash Bill Cash Chair, European Scrutiny Committee 3:40 pm, 25th March 2019

The statutory instrument for the extension of time was laid one hour ago. There is grave concern that there was no lawful UK authority for the decision on 22 March to extend the exit date. Did the Prime Minister seek the Attorney General’s advice beforehand, as clearly required by both the ministerial code and the Cabinet manual, and will she publish that advice? Why did she not invoke the commencement order for section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, repealing the European Communities Act 1972?