Leaving the European Union - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:23 pm on 26th November 2018.

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Photo of Lord Hannay of Chiswick Lord Hannay of Chiswick Crossbench 5:23 pm, 26th November 2018

Can the noble Baroness think again about her answer to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace of Tankerness? This is the third time that we have been round this course. Surely it is clear in the documents negotiated by the Prime Minister that, if there is a matter of interpretation of European law, the arbitration panel cannot decide it; it has to go to the European Court of Justice, and the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the interpretation of European law is valid. And is it not the case—I have never had an answer from the Government on this—that this withdrawal agreement or withdrawal treaty will be, necessarily, if the European side can conclude it finally before 29 March, European law?