Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement Scrutiny - Private Notice Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:35 pm on 31st October 2018.

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Photo of Lord Newby Lord Newby Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords 3:35 pm, 31st October 2018

My Lords, will the Minister revisit his answer to an earlier question? He implied that a draft withdrawal agreement had been published by the British Government, whereas in fact it was published by the Commission in March. Can he explain why Michel Barnier is able to give, week by week, detailed descriptions of the negotiations from the perspective of the EU—without, presumably, undermining its negotiating position—but it is impossible for British Ministers to do the same here, despite the assurance that was given in 2016?