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US NewsBrexit supporters reject UK attorney general's additional legal opinion -The Telegraph

13:57  15 march  2019
13:57  15 march  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Brexit supporters reject UK attorney general's additional legal opinion -The Telegraph © Getty LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) - Brexit-supporting lawmakers have rejected an additional legal opinion by Britain's top government lawyer on Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal assurances, The Telegraph reported.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox had attempted to win over Brexit-supporting lawmakers 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 lawmakers to oppose the deal.

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But in additional advice, Cox stated that Britain will be able to break out of the Irish backstop if it is having a "socially destabilizing effect on Northern Ireland," which would be considered a "fundamental change" of circumstances, the newspaper said.

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Brexit supporters reject UK attorney general's additional legal opinion -The Telegraph © Getty Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox

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Even before the attorney general had issued his analysis, other legal experts had expressed similar opinions . The Belfast Telegraph reported that the D.U.P. saw the legal advice as Some hard-line Brexit supporters insist that they would welcome a no-deal split as a clean and complete break from

Brexit supporters in Britain fear the backstop could be used to bind the country to EU regulations In a written legal opinion , Cox said that if UK -EU negotiations became stalled through "intractable John Whittingdale, a Brexit - supporting Conservative lawmaker, said the attorney general ' s advice was

A so-called 'star chamber' of eurosceptic Conservative lawyers, which includes Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) deputy leader Nigel Dodds, produced a five-page analysis of the advice and concluded that it is "erroneous" and "badly misconceived."

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In the legal advice, Cox said the Vienna convention enables the UK to break off the backstop in the event that there has been an "unforeseen and fundamental change of circumstances."

"It is in my view clear and undoubted in those exceptional circumstances that international law provides the with the right to terminate the Withdrawal Agreement," Cox said.

"If that were to happen, the would no doubt offer to continue to observe the unexhausted obligations in connection, for example, with citizens’ rights."

Brexiteers rejected the advice.

Brexit supporters reject UK attorney general's additional legal opinion -The Telegraph © Getty DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds responds to Attorney General Geoffrey Cox during the Brexit debate in the House of Commons, London.

"Saying they are 'exceptional' does not make them so in the eyes of international law," their lawyers said.

"Hungary undoubtedly thought there was something 'exceptional' about the collapse of Soviet tyranny and the liquidation of the other State Party with which Hungary had concluded the treaty in question. But that was not enough." (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden)

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