Opposition parties launch joint contempt proceedings against ministers over Brexit legal advice – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including attorney general Geoffrey Cox’s statement to MPs about Brexit legal advice Brexit advice summary published amid warnings of backstop row 6.35pm GMT Labour’s Kevin Brennan says, under the ministerial code, ministers can voluntarily release legal advice. Cox says, just because legal advice has been released in the past, that does not mean it is a good idea. 6.32pm GMT Labour’s Chris Bryant says he had more sympathy for Cox before this session started than now. Even a government has to comply with the will of parliament. Cox says suppose that document contained sensitive information. When a court decides whether something must be made public, a judge gets to read it first. Continue reading...