Geoffrey Cox fails to gain Irish backstop concessions but says proposals are ‘clear as day’

The attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, has hit back at EU complaints that his proposals to end the Brexit deadlock have been too vague, saying that negotiations in Brussels will continue throughout the weekend.

Government gloom ahead of Tuesday’s crunch Commons vote on Theresa May’s revised departure deal has deepened after Cox and the Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, failed to gained new concessions over the Irish backstop in talks with the EU this week.

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