So, to maintain Ksp constant(which is a requirement), the concentration of Mg2+ or of OH- needs to increase, hence it's possible to dissolve significant amounts of Mg(OH)2
For the second part of your question:
HCl ⇌ H+ + Cl-
H+ + OH- ⇌ H2O
The H+ ions react with the OH- ions formed from the dissolution of Mg(OH)2, which leads to a decrease in the concentration of OH- ions. This decreases the value of Ksp, so to maintain Ksp as constant, the concentration must increase, and hence Mg(OH)2 might have very appreciable solubility in 1 M HCl.
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Sep 22nd, 2015
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