Policy paper

Exiting the EU: Publication of Legal Advice

Publication of the Attorney General’s legal advice to Cabinet on the Withdrawal Agreement and the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.



Following the Motion passed on 4 December in the House of Commons, the Government has published the Attorney General’s legal advice to Cabinet on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and made this available to Parliament. This is the full, final advice that the Attorney General provided to Cabinet on 14 November on the legal effect of the Withdrawal Agreement. The release of this advice does not set a precedent for any future release of Law Officers’ advice.

This document has been made available to Parliament through a Written Ministerial Statement from the Attorney General, available here

The Government has published a collection of material to support public and parliamentary assessment of the deal, including a document setting out the Government’s legal position on the proposed Withdrawal Agreement. These documents are available here.

Published 5 December 2018