Attorney general says May’s new deal can still leave UK in backstop against its will.
In a huge blow to the PM the Attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, has indicated that the UK could still be trapped in the backstop, even after the concessions May negotiaited last night.
The government’s top lawyer did say the prime minister’s efforts had reduced the risk of being trapped in the backstop however he admitted it could still happen.
Theresa May is to put her new deal before MPs this evening, and it looks now as if she will suffer another heavy defeat.
Keir Starmer said that the government’s Brexit strategy was “in tatters”. Starmer said: “Attorney General confirms that there have been no significant changes to the Withdrawal Agreement despite the legal documents that were agreed last night.”
Daniel Hannan, the former MEP an arch Eurosceptic was not impressed with Cox’s conclusion. reports, unsurprisingly He tweeted: Eurosceptics were looking for just one thing: reassurance that Britain would not be swapping an arrangement that has an exit clause (EU membership) for one that does not (the backstop). Geoffrey Cox’s advice makes clear that no such concession has been made.
The pound fell sharply after the UK attorney general made his comments regarding May’s new deal.
Eurosceptics were looking for just one thing: reassurance that Britain would not be swapping an arrangement that has an exit clause (EU membership) for one that does not (the backstop). Geoffrey Cox’s advice makes clear that no such concession has been made.— Daniel Hannan (@DanielJHannan) March 12, 2019
A DUP source says they do not see how the party can support the deal following Cox legal advice.— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) March 12, 2019
Game over, it would seem.
Geoffrey Cox appearing before the House of Commons set out the choice he insisted MPs have to make – a political one, as the legal risk for the UK of the backstop remained:
BREAKING: Attorney General Geoffrey Cox tells MPs legal risk for UK of EU withdrawal Agreement remains unchanged
BREAKING: Attorney General Geoffrey Cox tells MPs legal risk for UK of EU withdrawal Agreement remains unchanged.Has this torpedoed Theresa May's claims she has won concessions over the Backstop? And how should MPs vote on her deal today?Posted by The London Economic on Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Update: It appars DUP and ERG MPs will vote against the PM.
Brexiteer tells me a defeat by over 100 is on the cards.— Joe Murphy (@JoeMurphyLondon) March 12, 2019
– AG says backstop could trap us still
– ERG says it cannot support
– DUP's Dodds implies they won't back it.
A DUP source says they do not see how the party can support the deal following Cox legal advice.— Hugh O'Connell (@oconnellhugh) March 12, 2019
Game over, it would seem.
Sky Sources: The DUP says it "cannot support" Prime Minister Theresa May's revised Brexit deal in tonight's Commons vote— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) March 12, 2019
Today’s events beg a real question for Scotland – do we want to continue with a situation where a handful of DUP MPs can hold more sway over the future of our country than our own democratically elected Parliament?— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) March 12, 2019
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