Geoffrey Cox live news: UK looks back at Brexit threat to EU
Geoffrey Cox accused of having had a second job in the Commons office
A former Conservative minister has denied breaking House of Commons rules, despite footage that appears to show him doing unparliamentary work from his MP office.
Sir Geoffrey Cox’s rebuttal comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the rules are clear that MPs are not allowed to use their taxpayer-funded offices for their second job.
The Tory MP for Torridge and West Devon, who served as attorney general between 2018 and 2020, also insisted the Tory chief whip allowed him to vote Caribbean by proxy earlier this year.
Sir Geoffrey was working at the time as an adviser to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in an investigation, launched by the British government, into possible corruption there. He is said to have earned nearly Â£ 1million for his legal advice.
Elsewhere, Brexit Minister David Frost appears to have steered the UK away from an initial threat to suspend the Brexit deal for Northern Ireland, arguing that further negotiations can still avert the crisis. In a statement to his peers today, he reiterated his warning – first issued in July – to trigger Article 16 if necessary. But, he added, the measure âis not inevitableâ, insisting: âI want to be clear on this. “
Labor say ‘don’t be fooled’ by Lord Frost’s latest comments on NI
Labor said it was ironic that Brexit Minister David Frost urged his colleagues not to take the ‘confrontational route’ over Northern Ireland.
Louise Haigh, the shadow secretary for Northern Ireland, said it was difficult to take his words with a “straight face”, adding that he “deliberately stirred up tension and confrontation causing instability” on the territory.
Rory sullivanNovember 10, 2021 3:00 PM
Ministers defend MPs’ right to a second job
The government continues to defend the right of MPs to a second job, claiming that they gain âexperienceâ in these positions.
Robert Courts, the aviation minister, said he decided not to continue working as a lawyer when he was elected MP in 2016.
However, he said he was not opposed to others taking supporting roles. “I think the key element that we need to look at here is that there is an experience that is brought to MPs by having jobs, whatever those jobs are,” he said.
âWe also have MPs who have all kinds of experiences in other fields, for example doctors and nurses. There are people who serve MPs who practice on the front line in the NHS, and I think the House of Commons is richer for that, âhe added.
Rory sullivanNovember 10, 2021 2:40 PM
Geoffrey Cox’s ability to “fully concentrate” on MP work called into question
Geoffrey Cox’s ability to exercise his profession as an MP has been questioned by one of his constituents.
The 45-year-old, who lives near Tavistock, said it took Mr Cox 80 days to respond to an email query.
âWaiting almost three months for a response to a query is unacceptable,â the anonymous voter told the PA news agency.
“I don’t think Geoffrey Cox is able to fully focus on his role as an MP when he has other roles … he is not committed to his constituency.”
Earlier this week, it emerged that the former attorney general had voted by proxy from the Caribbean while holding a second job. It was later reported that he had broken House of Commons rules by using his parliamentary office to work for the British Virgin Islands government.
Rory sullivanNovember 10, 2021 2:23 PM
Patel “Likely Loses Legal Challenge” Over Migrant Refoulement Plans
Priti Patel will have a “less than 30 per cent chance” of winning a lawsuit against plans to push back migrant boats to the Channel, it has been revealed.
In articles obtained by The Guardian, the Minister of the Interior was also informed that any dispute would “damage the reputation”.
The French government has already expressed its dissatisfaction with the proposed pushback tactics, which it said “risked having a negative impact on our cooperation”.
Rory sullivanNovember 10, 2021 2:03 PM
Politics Explained: How Labor And Liberals Are Using The Sleaze Scandal To Their Advantage
Sleaze is firmly back on the agenda in Westminster, writes Ashley cowburn.
Labor and Liberal Democrats have called on the government to grant peerages to 15 of the last 16 Conservative Party treasurers. They also increased pressure on Boris Johnson after he tried to spare one of his MPs, Owen Paterson, from being suspended for lobbying.
Opposition parties both sought to capitalize on this vote in the House of Commons last week, targeting Conservative MPs from marginal ridings who voted with the government. “I just voted to save one of his comrades who broke the rules,” reads a Labor ad. âOne rule for them, another for everyone else. “
Rory sullivanNovember 10, 2021 1:45 PM
PM fails to tidy house, says Rayner
Boris Johnson has failed to clean up his “house” in the face of the sordid government crisis, the deputy leader of the Labor Party has said.
Angela Rayner told broadcasters she wrote to the independent commissioner on Wednesday about Conservative MPs breaking parliamentary rules to “make their own personal gain.”
“This is unacceptable. We are here to represent our constituents, not ourselves, and it stinks of dirt and corruption,” she said.
The Ashton-Under-Lyme MP added: âBoris Johnson can’t seem to tidy his house. It is very clear to me and very frustrating.
âI wrote to the commissioner about Boris Johnson and you know what they’re saying – a rotting fish from the head up, so you can see what’s going on with the Tories right now.
“They really don’t represent the British people, they represent themselves and make a ton of money from it.”
Rory sullivanNovember 10, 2021 1:25 PM
Sordid allegations set to tarnish PM until 2022
Politics Alex wickham describes the many sleazy scandals that Boris Johnson’s government faces – and will continue to face âwell intoâ next year.
Sam hancockNovember 10, 2021 1:00 PM
UK withdraws from imminent NI Protocol Article 16 threat
Following my previous post (12:40), here is our deputy political editor Rob merrickwith more details on Lord Frost’s Brexit update today.
The UK appears to have pulled out of an early suspension of the Brexit deal for Northern Ireland – and a trade war with the EU – arguing that further negotiations can still avert the crisis.
Boris Johnson is moving closer to triggering Article 16 of the protocol, accusing the EU of not respecting the deal he negotiated.
In a statement to his peers today, Brexit Minister David Frost reiterated his threat – first made in July – to trigger Article 16 if necessary. But he said, of his weekly talks with the European Commission: “This negotiating process has not come to an end.”
He added: âSection 16 is not inevitable. I want to be clear on this. “
Sam hancockNovember 10, 2021 12:50 PM
‘Keep calm,’ Frost tells EU as bloc may retaliate against Article 16
An update from Lord Frost, the Brexit Minister, now. Brussels should “stay calm and keep things in proportion,” the Conservative leader told his peers today amid a lingering dispute between London and the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol.
Lord Frost said there was “a real opportunity to turn away from the confrontation, to move beyond our current difficulties and to strike a new and better balance”.
Behind the scenes, however, the EU is reportedly preparing to take retaliatory action if the UK suspends post-Brexit deals covering Irish Sea trade by triggering Article 16.
It comes after the UK minister traveled to Brussels last week to meet with European Commission Vice-President MaroÅ¡ Å efÄoviÄ, with talks described by No 10 as making “limited progress”.
However, Lord Frost told the House of Lords that the talks had “not reached” their end.
He said: âThere is more to do and I certainly will not abandon this process unless and until it is perfectly clear that nothing more can be done. We are certainly not there yet. If, however, we reach this point in time, the guarantees of Article 16 will be our only option. “
Sam hancockNovember 10, 2021 12:40 PM
Cox had previously opposed closing money laundering loopholes
The Conservative MP whose work for a tax haven sparked a sordid scandal has spoken out in Parliament against measures to eliminate money laundering loopholes, it can be revealed.
Geoffrey Cox has earned nearly Â£ 1million from his second post as representative of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in a corruption and money laundering investigation set up by his own Conservative colleagues from the British government, writes our political correspondent. Jon stone.
But during a 2018 parliamentary debate on the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, Sir Geoffrey said it was “below the dignity of this parliament” to try to fill in the gaps exploited by territories like the BVI.
Sam hancockNovember 10, 2021 12:30 PM