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Geoffrey Cox’s legal opinion is worrying for the government—but it shows the system’s working

With Suez, politics trumped law. With Iraq the balance began to shift—and with Brexit the original logic has been inverted. Amid the fray, we can take some comfort from that

By Tom Clark  

Photo: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

It’s customary for liberals in these times to see the world as going to hell in a handcart. Reason is on the run, the mob is on the rise and in place of deliberative discourse we have the sort of emotional spasm that gave rise to the Brexit vote.

From another point of view, however, our governance has not become more lawless and capricious, but steadily more rule-bound. On the day that a government—and a country’s fate—turns on the Attorney General’s Geoffrey Cox’s…

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