Cox Narrates T’was The Night Before Christmas

Further evidence of Cox’s potential burgeoning career in audiobooks…

mdi-timer 20th December 2019 @ 8:50 am 20th Dec 2019 @ 8:50 am mdi-comment Comments
Labour Calls for Cox To Apologise for Calling MPs “Turkeys”

Just when Guido didn’t think the level of total Parliamentary pettiness could sink any lower, the Shadow Leader of the House has asked for Geoffrey Cox to return to the Dispatch Box and apologise for calling Parliament “turkeys”. No, really…

“This is no way to run a parliament… calling us turkeys is not appropriate language.”

No one really knew what opposition MPs would do after going to the extreme lengths to recall Parliament through the Supreme Court of this country. Apparently the answer was to squabble amongst each other over the use of a Christmas based metaphor. This isn’t student politics, it’s kindergarten.

mdi-timer 26th September 2019 @ 4:12 pm 26th Sep 2019 @ 4:12 pm mdi-comment Comments
Emma Hardy’s Wife-Beating Hypocrisy

Hidden away in Geoffrey Cox’s barnstorming Commons performance this morning, he referenced his legal training with the go-to legal example of the leading question “when did you stop beating your wife?”. Guido has always welcomed hearing his legal knowledge nuggets for free, rather than coughing up his usual £20,000 per day rate…

Afterwards, however, Hull MP Emma Hardy voiced her disbelief that Cox would use such an offensive term.

At the time Guido presumed she was simply being ignorant of the phrase, however it has come to light that Hardy herself used this leading question in exactly the same way Cox did just a couple of years ago…

Either she was knowingly being incredibly disingenuous with faux outrage for petty party political point-scoring, or that’s one hull of a memory problem…

mdi-timer 25th September 2019 @ 4:35 pm 25th Sep 2019 @ 4:35 pm mdi-comment Comments
Cox: This Parliament is a Disgrace!

Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox, just gave one of the most barnstorming speeches Guido has seen in many years:

“This parliament is a dead parliament. It should no longer sit. It has no moral right to sit on these benches… This parliament is a disgrace. They could vote ‘no confidence’ at any time, but they’re too cowardly.”

Guido has a feeling this one may go viral…

mdi-timer 25th September 2019 @ 12:26 pm 25th Sep 2019 @ 12:26 pm mdi-comment Comments
Top Lawyers: Strasbourg Deal Has “Significantly” Reduced Risk of Permanent Backstop

Geoffrey Cox succeeded in comprehensively spiking the Strasbourg concessions he secured on the backstop with his own legal advice stating that the “legal risk remains unchanged”. Now with the benefit of a few more days to analyse them, a group of top pro-Brexit lawyers have written a report for Policy Exchange arguing that Cox got his own advice wrong. They say: “The risk of the backstop being used as leveraging for the next phase of the negotiations to lock the EU into a backstop-like arrangement indefinitely has receded significantly”.

The paper is co-authored by Professors Guglielmo Verdirame QC and Richard Ekins, and former First Parliamentary Counsel Sir Stephen Laws. They say that the Strasbourg concessions mean that the EU would be breaching “good faith” to dismiss all alternative solutions to the Irish border, particularly in light of the fact that the “EU is fully apprised of the fact that the UK’s present objective is to leave the Single Market and the Customs Union”, concluding that:

“It would be clearly incompatible with its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement, Protocol, and Joint Instrument, for the EU to adopt a negotiating stance that boils down to the position that only ‘backstop 2.0’ can replace the current backstop.”

Cox has now updated his legal advice to say that the UK would have the right to invoke Article 62 of the Vienna Convention to withdraw from the treaty in “exceptional circumstances”, for instance if the “the prolonged operation of the Backstop was having a socially destabilising effect in Northern Ireland.”

The Brexit ‘Star Chamber’ has rejected Cox’s latest advice, but Cox has found support from an unlikely source in Remoaner lawyer Lord Pannick QC, who led and won Gina Miller’s Article 50 legal challenge. While Pannick reiterates his support for a second referendum, he concludes that, as a matter of law:

“If the UK were therefore to be faced (against its will) with a permanent backstop arrangement, the UK would be entitled to terminate the withdrawal agreement under Article 62 of the Vienna convention on the Law of Treaties.”

Ultimately, the Government has backed Brexiteer MPs into such a tight corner that they are now facing a political choice as much as a legal one. Even if the Vienna Convention route does not hold, the UK still retains the nuclear option of unilaterally tearing up the the treaty altogether if it feels the consequences of that are preferable to a permanent backstop. If the UK fails to leave at all, the political establishment will never allow the country to even get a sniff of the exit door ever again…

mdi-timer 15th March 2019 @ 10:15 am 15th Mar 2019 @ 10:15 am mdi-comment Comments
UK Has Unilaterally Withdrawn From 52 Treaties

With the UK staring a long Brexit delay in the face, attention has turned back to the deal and whether there are any alternative routes for the UK to unilaterally withdraw, short of simply tearing the whole treaty up. Attorney General Geoffrey Cox is updating his legal advice to take note of Article 62 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, which allows treaties to be terminated if there is a “fundamental change of circumstances”. Is this a likely prospect?

It turns out that the UK has unilaterally withdrawn from 52 treaties in the last 30 years, according to a written question in the Lords answered by Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad last November. The question was asked by former UKIP leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch. Not exactly a Government shill…

That said, a House of Commons Library briefing from December was sceptical about whether the Vienna Convention could provide a way to escape the trap of the backstop. The problem for MPs is that the alternative is increasingly looking like being indefinitely trapped in the EU altogether…

mdi-timer 14th March 2019 @ 11:38 am 14th Mar 2019 @ 11:38 am mdi-comment Comments
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