Brexit votes: Blow for May as lawyers reject Geoffrey Cox bid to ease backstop fears - News Summed Up

Brexit votes: Blow for May as lawyers reject Geoffrey Cox bid to ease backstop fears


Geoffrey Cox, the attorney-general, had suggested that Britain could pull out of the backstop unilaterally STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PATheresa May faced a further set back to convincing Eurosceptics and the Democratic Unionist Party to support her deal after a panel of pro-Brexit lawyers rejected another attempt to quell fears about the backstop. The lawyers rejected additional legal advice from Geoffrey Cox, the attorney-general, which said that the UK could use the Vienna Convention — the international treaty that outlines rules on treaties — to pull out of the backstop unilaterally. They described it as “badly misconceived”. Mr Cox’s advice centres on Article 62 of the convention, which states that if there has been “a fundamental change of circumstances” after the conclusion of a treaty “which was not foreseen by the parties”, then countries could withdraw from it. The group of Brexiteer lawyers, including…


Source: The Times March 15, 2019 00:45 UTC



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