Attorney General questioned on legal advice

25 September 2019

Following the Supreme Court's judgment that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful, Joanna Cherry QC MP asked the Attorney General to make a statement about his legal opinion on the advice given to Her Majesty the Queen to prorogue Parliament.

The Attorney General Geoffrey Cox told MPs;

"The Government accepts the judgment and accepts that it lost the case. At all time the Government acted in good faith and in the belief that its approach was both lawful and constitutional."

"I will consider over the coming days whether the public interest might require a greater disclosure of the advice given to the Government on this subject, I am unable to give an undertaking or a promise at this point but the matter is under consideration."

Joanna Cherry responded saying;

"Can he tell us whether a legal opinion was made available to the Prime Minister or the Cabinet? The Rt hon Member for Hastings and Rye has said that when she was in the cabinet, Cabinet Ministers requested to see that advice but that it was not handed over - is that correct?"

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