Brexit news: Geoffrey Cox FIRES back at ‘confused’ EU – ‘I was CLEAR as day’ | UK | News


Answering MPs’ questions in the Commons, Mr Cox rejected suggestions the Government had failed to come forward with clear proposals to resolve the deadlock over the backstop. Speaking in the Commons this morning, Mr Cox boomed: “We are discussing detailed, coherent, careful proposals. We are discussing the text with the EU.

“I’m surprised to hear the comments that have emerged over the past 48 hours that the proposals are not clear.

“They are clear as day.

“And we are continuing to discuss them.”

Mr Cox also pledged to publish his legal advice, saying: “I shall publish my legal opinion on any document that is produced and negotiated with the EU.”

He added discussions with the EU will “almost certainly” continue through the weekend.

The attorney general is the chief legal operator within parliament.

Britain has been given until the end of Friday to come forward with fresh proposals to break the Brexit deadlock.

EU officials have said they are ready to work through the weekend if the UK comes forward with an “acceptable” plan to resolve the impasse over the Northern Ireland backstop, the BBC reported.

Theresa May is facing a crunch Commons vote on Tuesday when she takes her Brexit deal back to MPs following its overwhelming rejection in January by a majority of 230.

The Prime Minister has staked her hopes of getting through the “meaningful vote” this time on securing concessions from the EU on the backstop – which has proved the main stumbling block to an agreement.

Tory Brexiteers have been demanding legally-binding assurances the UK cannot be tied indefinitely to EU rules through the backstop, intended to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

However, talks in Brussels on Tuesday between the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay broke up without agreement.

Both sides acknowledged that the meeting had been “difficult”, with reports Mr Barnier complained that Mr Cox had brought forward “a legal solution to a political problem”.

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