Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs 9.36am GMT Cox is now taking questions.Q: Your speech sounded valedictory. Are you on your way out? (There has been a lot of speculation about Cox facing the sack in tomorrow’s reshuffle.) 9.33am GMT Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general, is speaking at an Institute for Government event. There is a live feed here.Catherine Haddon from the IfG has some highlights from what he has said so far.Cox says it’s ‘fundamental’ the AG upholds rule of law.
That Ministerial Code says the AG must be consulted, that the AG has the final word.
That it’s vital the AG is
‘a clear and uncompromising defender’ of not only the letter or the law but also the spirit. #ifgAttorneyCox says the AG can therefore find himself in an uncomfortable clash with politics. But must not massage or improve their advice for party politics…#ifgattorneyCox not being drawn on details of his advice over prorogation or over complying with law over Benn Act.
Conceded that on prorogation it turned out that it was not lawful. But the govt had acted in good faith that it thought that it was.#IfGAttorneyGC: In the last 19 months I have endeavored to advise on what I took to be the law, and that the government should obey the law – and as far as I am concerned that the government has obeyed the law.#IfGAttorneyCox says it was damaging to have his advice on May deal made public because he will ‘tailor’ or ‘frame’ advice to answer ‘the unfolding debate in Cabinet’. ‘That may mean I’ve expressed my advice in a particular way or particular language’#IfGAttorneyOn future Commission. Says it goes beyond just judicial review and questions whether the ‘judicialisation’ of politics has gone too far. ‘That will require careful examination, measured’, should be no headlong rush to make hasty changes.#IfGAttorney Continue reading…
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Author : Andrew Sparrow
Publish date : 2020-02-12 09:37:03
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