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Why Attorney General Geoffrey Cox is the new doyen of Brexit

The darling of Conservative Party conference has a vital role to play in the coming months

By Raphael Hogarth  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Four months ago, nobody knew who Geoffrey Cox QC was. If the Tory MP ever made it into the papers, it was for the stratospheric sums he billed when moonlighting as a barrister. Yet now, following Cox’s appointment as attorney general, cabinet ministers are demanding to see his advice before deciding whether to back the prime minister’s Brexit deal, the DUP wants his opinion to be published, and even Labour frontbenchers are itching to know his view. All of a sudden, Cox is the doyen of…

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