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Posts Tagged: Geoffrey Cox MP
The EU asks: what do you want? But the Commons has said what it wants. Namely, the so-called Brady Amendment.
Progressive commentators and saloon-bar orators are wrong to condemn MPs for finding the national issue hard to settle.
He argues that the House faces a “clear choice”, and rejecting the Withdrawal Agreement would jeopardise any extension of Article 50.
Harmony reigned as he denied being a revolutionary.
The crude effect of his ruling, crafted and sprung on a hapless Downing Street, is to make a third meaningful vote unlikely this week, and perhaps next week too.
The precedents seem unfavourable to Brexiteer ambitions and it isn’t even obvious that it applies to UK-EU relations at all.
Richard Ekins: The real meaning of Cox’s advice. There is only a theoretical risk of being trapped in the backstop.
A number of important points about his view have been overlooked or misunderstood by some MPs and commentators.
Henry Newman: Why the revised deal’s changes to the backstop are significant – and offer Britain a route out
The final paragraph of Cox’s advice notes that in some circumstances the UK could suspend or exit the backstop under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.
Garvan Walshe: Extension. A short one would serve no purpose. A longer one would bring Brexit’s reverse.
Honourable countries face up to the consequences of their actions. They don’t, like dilatory schoolboys late with their essays, simply ask for more time.
Nor could the Attorney General provide anything for his colleagues to cheer.
WATCH: The Attorney General says May’s “improvements” do “strengthen” the deal, but legal risks “remain unchanged”
He counsels that, beyond the legal technicalities, MPs must make a “political judgement” on the proposed Withdrawal Agreement.
“The United Kingdom would have…no internationally lawful means of exiting the Protocol’s arrangements, save by agreement.”
Three pages, 19 paragraphs – and no movement on the UK’s unilateral right, or lack of such, to depart the backstop.
MPs have less than a day to study this revised deal. So today’s vote should be postponed. If it isn’t, they should withhold support from the Government.