Geoffrey Cox: Attorney General’s booming voice grabs Twitter’s attention

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Geoffrey Cox: Attorney General’s booming voice grabs Twitter’s attention

In an important debate on Brexit legal guidance, some had their heads turned by Mr Cox’s theatrical delivery.


Attorney General Geoffrey Cox arrives in Downing Street in London for a meeting of the Cabinet (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Attorney General Geoffrey Cox arrives in Downing Street in London for a meeting of the Cabinet (Jonathan Brady/PA)

At the start of what’s set to be an intense fortnight in Westminster, you could forgive political journalists for seeking some light relief.

On Monday that came in the form of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, who gave a rare but important statement to MPs in the House of Commons on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal.

Facing questions from MPs of all parties, Mr Cox defended the proposal’s controversial Irish backstop and the decision not to release the legal advice he gave to the Cabinet over the EU withdrawal.

For some, however, it was all overshadowed by one thing: a booming delivery that seemed more suited to the stage than the despatch box.

Some even felt there was something Prime Ministerial about the display.

But not everyone was impressed.

The barrister-turned-politician’s forthright style clearly raised the temperature in the chamber.

At one point, as Mr Cox referenced the fact that the proposed backstop could only be terminated with both the UK and EU’s agreement, an MP from his own benches heckled: “It’s a trap!”

Within seconds, many people were making the same joke.

In some other testy exchanges with Labour MPs demanding to see his Brexit guidance, Mr Cox boomed “there’s nothing to see here”. Shortly after he informed them it was time they “grew up and got real” as he claimed releasing the documents would be “contrary to the national interest”.

Just another day in Westminster, then.

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