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DUP's Sammy Wilson claims Brexit legal advice 'will show Theresa May to be liar'

DUP MP Sammy Wilson has said that publishing the government's full legal advice on Brexit will show Prime Minister Theresa May is a "liar".

The party's Brexit spokesperson was speaking on BBC Radio Ulster on Monday morning.

Mr Wilson's comments come amid speculation that the DUP's ten MPs could join forces with Labour and other opposition parties to call for the Government to publish the full legal advice it received on the implications of the Brexit deal.

The move, which could spark an historic constitutional row, is to be submitted on Monday unless ministers have a change of heart.

It is understood a letter to Speaker John Bercow has been drafted for signature by Nigel Dodds, Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer, the Lib Dems and the SNP, claiming ministers' refusal to give MPs the legal advice is in contempt of Parliament.

It was reported at the weekend that Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, who is due to make a statement to the Commons on Monday had warned the UK could be tied to the EU customs union "indefinitely" through the "backstop" provision.

The East Antrim MP said that the advice must be published to allow MPs to make an informed decision on the draft Brexit withdrawal deal.

"We don't want a constitutional crisis, we simply want the government to come clean on what this deal means and what legal opinion it has on what this deal means," Mr Wilson said.

"We've had the Prime Minister in Northern Ireland last week telling people this deal is good for the United Kingdom, that people have nothing to fear about it, when you read the text of it, it is quite clear that it has huge economic and constitutional implications for Northern Ireland and will also act as a barrier to the United Kingdom doing future trade deals with other countries.

"I think it's important that whatever advice she has been given by her Attorney General is known so people can make a judgement on what she is saying."

Mr Wilson said that the full legal details would expose Mrs May as a "liar".

"If she's going round saying that this deal is good for Northern Ireland, when it is quite clear, even reading the face of the agreement that Northern Ireland is going to be tied in to all of the EU regulations and in the future regardless of how damaging they are to our economy without any ability to change them," he said.

"I think that the Attorney General's advice will show just how extensively the backstop arrangement will apply European law to the United Kingdom as a whole and Northern Ireland specficially.

"The advice will show how easy or how hard it will be to get out of the backstop and especially how hard it will be for Northern Ireland. It will also explain what the implications of being in the backstop will be. All of those things  are important when it comes to making a judgement on whether this is a good deal or a bad deal.

"The Prime Minister did make a promise to us, this is one of the reasons why we are so angry with this agreement. The Prime Minister has been untrustworthy in all of this."

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