Westminster divided over Geoffrey Cox – ‘beyond compelling’ or a ‘posh foghorn’?

Written by David Singleton on 3 December 2018 in Diary

Watch: The attorney general showed MPs why he has previously been compared to Gandalf, Mufasa and Brian Blessed.

Less than two months after he briefly stole the limelight at Conservative party conference with his rousing warm-up act for the prime minister, Geoffrey Cox is back!

The attorney general was wheeled out in the Commons make a statement on the legalities of the Brexit deal. It came after Cox published an overview of his legal advice on Brexit, which he described to MPs as a "commentary".

Cox started off by joking that it was good of the PM to warm up for him at Tory conference. He also appeared to enjoy telling MPs that "the divorce and separation of nations from long and intimate unions - just as of human beings - stirs high emotion".

But he faced a stormy Commons as he defended the decision not to publish the Brexit legal advice in full, bellowing: "There is nothing to see here."





Labour accused him of "hiding" the full legal advice on the Brexit deal "for fear of the political consequences".

Meanwhile political journalists were divided over his theatrics at the dispatch box and Green MP Caroline Lucas was definitely not impressed.

She complained: "This is a serious issue and this House is descending into farce and amateur dramatics."





















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