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Brexit debate: Why are MPs in the House of Commons talking about codpieces?

‘Cox’s codpiece’ has entered the Brexit dictionary. Political editor Joe Watts explain why

Thursday 07 March 2019 19:27 GMT
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Geoffrey Cox has found himself in the growing dictionary of Brexitisms
Geoffrey Cox has found himself in the growing dictionary of Brexitisms (AFP/Getty)

There was a bizarre moment in the Commons on Thursday when MPs appeared more concerned with an item of Tudor attire that covered a man’s dignity, than they were with governing the country.

The codpiece, as modelled by Henry VIII in almost any portrait, is a sort of upturned pouch designed to shield and also draw attention to a gentleman’s crotch.

But the word’s vague similarity to attorney general Geoffrey Cox’s surname and to a particular legal device, means it has now entered the growing dictionary of Brexitisms that afflicts our news copy.

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