Exclusive: The Geoffrey Cox legal advice that Theresa May hopes will save her Brexit deal

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Exclusive: The Geoffrey Cox legal advice that Theresa May hopes will save her Brexit deal

Geoffrey Cox, the Attorney General
Geoffrey Cox, the Attorney General

Geoffrey Cox is attempting to win over Eurosceptic Tory MPs and the DUP with new legal advice stating that Britain will be able to break off from the Irish backstop under the terms of the Vienna convention, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

In the advice the Attorney General states that Britain will be able to end the backstop if it having a "socially destabilising effect on Northern Ireland", which would be considered a "fundamental change" of circumstances under the terms of the treaty. 

However the star chamber of Eurosceptic Tory lawyers, which includes the DUP’s deputy leader Nigel Dodds, has produced a five page analysis of the advice and concluded that it is "erroneous" and "badly misconceived"….

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