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May dealt a backstop blow
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May dealt a backstop blow

    Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffered a major blow today when her own Attorney General issued legal advice admitting that Britain could still be locked forever into EU rules through the Irish backstop. The bombshell from the Government’s top lawyer Geoffrey Cox came just eight hours before MPs were due to stage the make-or-break Commons vote. He concluded the legal risk remains unchanged that unless the UK could prove the EU was acting in bad faith in future, there was no internationally lawful means of exiting the Protocol’s arrangements, save by agreement. His advice was a blow to Mrs May who secured three documents last night she hoped would be accepted by MPs as legally binding changes to protect the UK from being trapped indefinitely. Mr Cox said in a letter set...