In the House of Commons, the government has been defeated on both votes over the Attorney General’s legal advice on leaving the EU.
The government first tabled an amendment to try and shunt the question of whether or not the Attorney General’s advice on the Prime Ministers EU exit plan to the Standards Committee rather than being debated in the House of Commons. This was defeated by 311 votes to 307.
The second vote was on a proposal that the Attorney General’s advice should not be published as it was not in the public interest to do so. This motion was also defeated.
Following the vote, the Shadow Brexit minister Sir Keir Starmer asked for the advice to be published before the ‘meanful vote’ next Tuesday. In the Prime Minister’s absence, the Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom said the government would respond tomorrow, Wednesday.