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Attorney-general put nail in coffin for PM’s hopes

Deal: Geoffrey Cox PICTURE: WIKTOR SZYMANOWICZ/BARCROFT

THE government’s top legal eagle turned the online air blue before moving on to Theresa May — sounding the death knell for her Brexit deal hopes.

Attorney general Geoffrey Cox — renowned for his florid phrases — offered a simple ‘Bollocks’ on Twitter yesterday after Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow suggested he would not be giving legal backing to the proposed arrangements.

Yet, within hours, it emerged his advice to Cabinet was the Strasbourg agreement only ‘reduced’ the risk of Britain being stuck in the Northern Ireland backstop rather than ‘removing’ it.

The announcement prompted DUP members and the Brexiteer Tory MPs’ European Research Group to move against the mooted withdrawal agreement.

Mr Cox had told The Mail On Sunday he would rather risk his political than legal reputation when it came to backstop proposals.

But he later urged the Commons to vote in favour of the deal, backing his ‘political judgment’ over the legal advice — only to be barracked by MPs.

He had previously raised eyebrows at the Conservative party conference by quoting poet John Milton, saying: ‘Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep and shaking her invincible locks.’

Painful split: Pro and anti-Brexit protests outside parliament PICTURES: REX/GETTY

Onasanya walks through the lobby in an ankle tag

DISGRACED Fiona Onasanya made history as the first MP to vote in parliament while wearing an electronic ankle tag.

The Peterborough MP, who was kicked out of Labour after her conviction in January for lying over a speeding ticket, was ordered to wear the device after serving less than four weeks of a three-month sentence.

Ms Onasanya, who lost an appeal against her conviction for perverting the course of justice earlier this month, voted against Mrs May’s deal.