DUP puts the heat in May to share legal advice on Irish border plans after Brexit


The DUP yesterday called for the prime minister to issue a legal opinion on Brexit and on the Irish border.

Theresa May is under intense pressure to publish the council behind her Brexit plan as Labor, Tory Eurosceptics and the DUP – whose 10 deputies support the administration of the Prime Minister in the House of Commons – lined up yesterday against her.

Legal advice is usually confidential, but DUP chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson told BBC Radio 4 today that if the House of Commons would have a meaningful vote on the deal, then people should "know that # 39; is this advice ".

Sir Jeffrey denied that he did not trust the government, but said: "I think it's in the public interest that we fully understand what's going on here.

"It's because it affects the whole of the UK, so it should not just be the DUP that sees this advice, or the government.

"If the House of Commons will have a meaningful vote on an agreement, on which this legal advice is very, very important, then I think people have the right to know what that advice is."

The Brexiteers, including Environment Secretary Michael Gove, want to see full legal advice that establishes that any customs agreement to avoid a difficult border can be concluded to prevent it from becoming a permanent solution.

For the job, shadow secretary Brexit Sir Keir Starmer said it was "essential" that MPs would be able to see the opinion of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox.

Brexit's Liberal Democrat spokesman, Tom Brake, said the refusal to publish the council "raises serious questions about what Tory ministers are trying to hide".

In a development that will cause concern to Downing Street, a source of the European research group Tory (ERG) has indicated his MPs "would be willing to share the wisdom of the Attorney General" if Labor has forced a vote of the Commons on the issue.

Pressure on legal advice mounted as Cabinet ministers were invited to revise the text of the withdrawal agreement that has so far been secured in negotiations with Brussels.

The prime minister told parliamentarians last month that 95% of the agreement had been agreed, even if the key point of the blockade to prevent a rigid Irish border from remaining unsolved.

A source in Downing Street said: "This is where we are so far away, it does not imply that an agreement has been made."

Development will do little to dampen speculation among Tory eurosceptics that an agreement is close to being signed.

Last night, Jacob Rees-Mogg expressed concern that Ms. May's Cabinet was "rebounded" in the Brexit decisions, as she indicated that "many dozens" of Tory MPs could oppose the government's agreement.

The senior parliamentarian Tory, who chairs the Eurosceptic ERG, said he will vote against an extension of the customs union with the EU, adding that he believed he would not Electoral engagement of the party for 2017.

Rees-Mogg also said that legal advice behind the government's Brexit plan should "be made available to government ministers" to ensure that they know what they are signing, adding that it is more concerned if the agreement is good or not. bad rather than all MPs who see similar advice.

He went on to say: "So this is a secondary issue, but the Cabinet Administration is very important and there is concern that the Government is not fully involved in this, it is receiving information at an advanced stage, there is an appearance it rebooted, you heard that the ministers have 45 minutes to read the crucial documents before the Cabinet meetings, this is not a serious constitutional approach. "

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has questioned a special summit of EU leaders to be held later this month to sign a withdrawal agreement. He said: "I think every day that passes the possibility of having a special summit in November is less likely".

He added that a scheduled meeting of leaders in mid-December would still be a viable deadline, but after this scenario the no-deal becomes very real.

Belfast Telegraph



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