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Government forced to publish Brexit legal advice in full

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Just hours after facing a defeat in the House of Commons, the UK government has published its Brexit legal advice in full.

In the six-page letter, Geoffrey Cox said the proposed backstop arrangement with the EU to prevent a hard Irish border could “endure indefinitely”.

The UK, he said, would not be able to “lawfully exit” the arrangement without a subsequent political agreement and this could lead to “stalemate”.

The document has been described as “devastating” by the Democratic Unionist Party. Labour also said it showed the “central weakness” of the PM’s Brexit deal.

PM Theresa May has been accused of “inadvertently misleading” parliament over Brexit.




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