The government are trying to push through the most important constitutional change in decades – and they are trying to do this without proper scrutiny. In Labour, we are fighting to shine a light on this process.

The Prime Minister is intent on pushing through the Withdrawal Agreement, even though it has very little support, even from within her own party. And she is intent on doing this without revealing the government’s legal advice, probably because it confirms the UK could be trapped indefinitely in the controversial ‘backstop’ according to leaked documents published in the Sunday Times yesterday.

Last week I challenged Solicitor General Robert Buckland to publish this crucial document. It should be available to everyone.

There are good reasons for keeping most legal advice confidential, but this is the single most important decision we will take in my time as your MP. I need all available information to properly scrutinise legislation in these exceptional circumstances.

Thanks to Labour’s efforts, it is possible the government will be forced to publish this advice. We defeated the government on a motion to publish the legal papers a few weeks ago. They must stick to this agreement.

Later today Attorney General Geoffrey Cox will speak to the Commons. He will probably be arguing to keep us in the dark. If we are not satisfied by today’s statement we will be pushing for contempt proceedings. Because this is too serious not to do every single thing we can, to make sure we take the right decisions.

 

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