Brexit Withdrawal Agreement: Mark raises concerns that the agreement is legally binding, yet the political declaration is not

26th November 2018

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on the negotiations to leave the European Union, Mark Pritchard raises concerns that the withdrawal agreement is legally binding, yet the political declaration on our future relationship is not legally binding.

Despite the Prime Minister’s honourable and good intentions, is it not an indisputable fact, irrespective of whether colleagues voted remain or leave, that the political declaration is not legally binding and the withdrawal agreement is legally binding?

Yes. My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The withdrawal agreement is legally binding. The political declaration is not a legal text, because the European Union cannot sign a legal text in relation to trade matters with a country that is a member of the European Union. It can only do that when we are outside the European Union.

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