BREXIT: Speaker John Bercow on Attorney General ‘Cox’s codpiece in full working order" - Buxrs.com
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At the House of Commons, MPs were left sniggering like schoolboys after Attorney General Geoffrey Cox told them his “codpiece” was in “full working order” during questions about Brexit.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a codpiece is “a pouch attached to a man’s breeches or close-fitting hose to cover the genitals, worn in the 15th and 16th centuries”.
Geoffrey Cox, the chief legal adviser to the Government, was updating the house on his talks with Brussels where he is attempting to secure changes to the deal.
He is in talks to find a solution to the Irish backstop problem through a legally binding addition to the deal that has been nicknamed “Cox’s codpiece”.
And when asked about it during his time at the dispatch box, he left some of his colleagues somewhat stunned by his use of metaphor.
Tory former minister and Brexiteer Mark Francois said Mr Cox would “end up examining his own codpiece in front of the House of Commons“.
Speaker John Bercow appeared to find the whole episode particularly amusing, shouting across the chamber: “I hope everybody heard that. In the interests of the accessibility of our proceedings, in case anybody didn’t hear, the right honourable and learned gentleman referred to ‘Cox‘s codpiece’.
“I have repeated it so the alliterative quality is clear to all observers.”