LONDON (Reuters) – Brexit-supporting MPs have rejected an additional legal opinion by Britain’s top government lawyer on Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal assurances, The Telegraph reported.
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Attorney General Geoffrey Cox is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Attorney General Geoffrey Cox had attempted to win over Brexit-supporting members of parliament with additional legal advice, the newspaper reported.
His original opinion published on Tuesday that the legal risk remained that Britain might be unable to get out of the backstop helped convince Brexit-supporting MPs to oppose the deal.
But in additional advice, Cox stated that Britain will be able to break out of the Irish backstop if it is having a “socially destabilising effect on Northern Ireland”, which would be considered a “fundamental change” of circumstances, the newspaper said.
A so-called ‘star chamber’ of eurosceptic Conservative lawyers, which includes Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) deputy leader Nigel Dodds, produ