The date on the Attorney General's advice published yesterday suggests that the Cabinet did not get any formal legal advice from him before 13 November - the day MPs first asked for it.
The Attorney General spent 2 and a half hours answering questions on the legal position on the Withdrawal Agreement on Monday. During the session he set out how Law Officers give their advice to Ministers. He said:
It is important to understand how the Law Officers habitually give their advice, which may be a mixture of oral and written communications given at different times during fast-developing events. Ministers are advised by their own departmental lawyers, and the points that arise for consideration of the Law Officers are invariably limited to the relatively few of particular importance to the policy decision of the Government.