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Tweeting Attorney General accuses Channel 4’s Jon Snow of talking ‘bollocks’ as Brexit pressure mounts

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📸 Geoffrey Cox and Jon Snow (credit: Chatham House)

The government’s top legal adviser, Geoffrey Cox QC, took to social media to display his renowned forensic and oratorical skills today, tweeting the word “bollocks” at one of the country’s best-known journalists.

Cox, the Attorney General whose legal advice on the government’s under-fire Brexit deal is seen as critical to its chances of success, was responding to Channel 4 anchor Jon Snow on the social media platform.

With speculation mounting about what Cox would say in revised Brexit legal advice due this morning, Snow tweeted: “A Lawyer contact tells me that the legal world is aware that the Attorney General said NO last night to the validity of Mrs May’s ‘new EU deal’…he been told to go away and find a way to say YES: A cohort of lawyers has been summoned”.

Rather than resort to the usual retort of “you know nothing Jon Snow”, Cox opted for a more direct form of rebuttal, replying simply “Bollocks”.

A high-earning silk who was appointed Attorney General last year, Cox has been increasingly prominent as an articulate supporter of the Brexit deal. But he left Brexit-watchers dumbfounded last week when he made a bizarre reference to “Cox’s codpiece” in a parliamentary debate.

Social media users have also scoffed at Cox’s struggles with Twitter. On 4 March, the 58-year-old concluded a tweet with “Get Outlook for iOS”, seemingly copy and pasting the offending phrase from an email.

The Attorney General’s revised legal advice on yesterday’s last-ditch tweaks to the Brexit deal was eagerly awaited, with Brexit supporters relying on it to judge whether or to vote with the government in a crunch vote tonight. A legal opinion rushed out overnight by three top barristers had said that “it is crystal clear that the measures do not alter the fundamental legal effect of the backstop”.

Cox published his own formal advice just hours after the “bollocks” incident, writing that “the legal risk remains unchanged”.

With Labour still opposed to the government’s deal and Conservative and Democratic Unionist MPs not won over by last night’s events, the government is expected to lose another House of Commons vote on the deal tonight. We can guess what Geoffrey Cox’s reaction will be.

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19 Comments

Anonymous

2nd Referendum NOW

Anonymous

B*llocks

Also great to see that this word is good for AG to use, but you cannot get it through Legal Cheek filter.

Anonymous

Never mind

Anonymous

D1ndu nuff1n is another one that is another one that is now auto filtered!

Anonymous

No deal

No deal

NO DEAL

IT IS GOING TO BE BIBLICAL

David Cameron, Lord Adonis, Peter Mandelson, the IMF, Obama, Mark Carney

GIRFUY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiUFPjulTW8

Anonymous

No deal mate – “Lord” Adonis ain’t loving it – neither are most of the other of our fake “lords” – but the British peeps sure are!

Bring it on.

Airwolf Knight Rider A-Team – them days are comin’ back!

Google it if you are too young.

Krusty old Merkel is out the door.

YANG 2020

$1000 for every man woman and child

Just Anonymous

I was most amused by Juncker’s ‘threat’ the other day that if this deal is rejected (as it just has been at the time of writing) then “Brexit might not happen at all”.

As Juncker knows – or should know – perfectly well, the UK is free to leave the EU without a deal on 29 March if it so chooses – and indeed is on course to do so! Of course, the UK may try to delay or even cancel Brexit. But if we do, that will be our choice.

Put simply, if we choose to leave, neither Juncker nor the EU can do anything to stop it.

It is depressing to see that Juncker still hasn’t learnt that it was precisely this sort of high-minded arrogance and contempt for democracy that probably contributed to the Brexit vote in the first place.

Anonymous

I can’t think of anything more contemptuous for democracy than a misleading referendum campaign for which no-one was accountable and which didn’t come with an actual plan.

We don’t have to like Juncker or the EU but to imply that the UK is in a position of strength after all this is laughable. There is no chance Parliament will allow a no deal Brexit to happen. Framing it as a choice is just delusional.

The Doctor

What on Earth are you on about? Juncker saying that “brexit might not happen at all” wasn’t a ‘threat’, and neither does it actually mean that he wants to keep us.

It just means that Parliament might decide to revoke Article 50 instead of leaving without a deal. Where is the arrogance?

Zero Tariffs

The sooner we set ourselves up as a the most efficient offshore tax shelter in the world we will know wealth that is undreamed of

Anonymous

And then we can afford to educate our children so that ending sentences with prepositions will be consigned to history.

Zero Tariffs

The sooner we set ourselves up as a the most efficient offshore tax shelter in the world we will know wealth that is undreamed of, Twat!

Anonymous

The guy is a dick. “Top criminal silk” my aris..

Anonymous

Jon Snow tho… Srsly, I’ve listened to this old corpse on crappy channel four too many years…it’s a kind of child abuse forcing British kiddies to listen to this old creep…pls help him die already

Anonymous

Not nice

Anonymous

NO DEAL is going to be ACE.

Bye bye EU. Sorry Georgy boy Soros. Sorry Goldman Sachs. Sorry Juncker. Sorry Merkel. Sorry Blair. Sorry Mark Potok. Sorry all you lower level scumbags with your snouts in the trough.

The British people have spoken.

Our destiny is now in our own hands, boys.

Anonymous

I am just not stupid enough, r@cist enough or ant!-sem!tic enough to see the upside of no deal.

Sith Lord

Let the hate flow through you.

Anon

Agreed. Also absolutely flabbergasted by those that think ‘hitting the big banks’ etc. is going to do anything for our economy except absolutely cripple it.

If London stops being a financial hub due to Brexit, our economy will be ruined for decades to come.

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