Labour attempts to force Government to publish Brexit legal advice

13 November 2018

MPs debated legal advice on the EU withdrawal agreement and education funding, in the House of Commons on Tuesday 13 November. The subjects for these debates were chosen by the Labour Party.

Legal advice on the EU withdrawal agreement

The subject for this debate was initially scheduled to be mental health. However, the Labour Party changed the motion in an effort to force the Government to publish various documents relating to legal advice the government has received on the terms of the UK's departure from the EU.

The motion is in the form of a humble address, which is a message to the Queen. It’s used, among other things to call for papers from departments headed by a Secretary of State. These motions are considered to be binding by the House of Commons.

The motion was passed without a division

Education funding

The second opposition day motion of the day was on education funding. The motion notes that "education spending as a share of national income has fallen from 5.8% to 4.3% since 2010, and claims "education urgently needs new investment".

Again, the motion passed without a division.

Related information

About Opposition Day debates

Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition.

Seventeen days are at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition, the leader of the largest opposition party, to decide which matters are debated. Three days are usually divided between the other opposition parties.

The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.

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