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Government’s top legal advisers divided over move to override Brexit deal

Exclusive: Scottish advocate general warned of breach of ministerial code but two other advisers disagreed, letter shows

  • Are MPs obliged to comply with international law?

A behind–the–scenes rift has emerged between the government’s top legal advisers over the legality of the decision to bring legislation that overrides the EU withdrawal agreement.

Legal advice contained in a three–page letter marked “official – sensitive”, seen by the Guardian, summarises the legal opinions of the government’s three law officers, whose role includes ensuring ministers act in accordance with the law.

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