March 12, 2019 / 1:12 PM / 6 months ago

Brexit assurances significantly reduce risk of being trapped in backstop - Cox

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Attorney General Geoffrey Cox arrives at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, October 24, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - The assurances Prime Minister Theresa May won from the European Union on her Brexit deal late on Monday make “significant reductions” in the risk of Britain being trapped in the so-called backstop, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said on Tuesday.

“What this document does is address the risk that we could be kept in the backstop by bad faith and deliberate manipulation of the Union and what this does is make significant reductions in that risk,” Cox told parliament.

“The time has come now to vote for this deal.”

Reporting by Andy Bruce and William Schomberg, Writing by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Stephen Addison

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