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Opposition parties plan to join forces in a bid to force the government to publish the full legal advice it received ahead of the Brexit agreement. "All parties" would press for contempt of Parliament proceedings if MPs are not shown the advice, Labour's Brexit spokesman Sir Keir Starmer has said. Theresa May has promised MPs only a "reasoned statement" on the legalities. Many Brexiteers believe the Northern Ireland "backstop" provision offers the EU an effective veto on the UK leaving. Mrs May insists the agreement's legal text is clear that any backstop - keeping the UK under EU customs rules until a permanent trade deal was in place - would be temporary. However, her former Brexit secr... Full story

2 December